Objective outcome evaluation of the project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong: Findings based on individual growth curve models

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Abstract

The Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes) is a curricular-based program that attempts to promote positive youth development in Hong Kong. In the second year of the Full Implementation Phase, 20 experimental schools (n = 2,784 students) and 23 control schools (n = 3,401 students) participated in a randomized group trial. Analyses based on linear mixed models via SPSS showed that participants in the experimental schools displayed better positive youth development than did participants in the control schools based on different indicators derived from the Chinese Positive Youth Development Scale. Differences between experimental and control participants were also found when students who joined the Tier 1 Program and perceived the program to be beneficial were employed as participants of the experimental schools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-191
Number of pages10
JournalTheScientificWorldJournal
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Objective outcome evaluation
  • Positive youth development
  • Project P.A.T.H.S.
  • Randomized group trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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