Secondary data analyses of conclusions drawn by the program implementers of a positive youth development program in Hong Kong

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Abstract

The Tier 2 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Pcombining macron belowositive Acombining macron belowdolescent Tcombining macron belowraining through Hcombining macron belowolistic Scombining macron belowocial Programmes) is designed for adolescents with significant psychosocial needs, and its various programs are designed and implemented by social workers (program implementers) for specific student groups in different schools. Using subjective outcome evaluation data collected from the program participants (Form C) at 207 schools, the program implementers were asked to aggregate data and write down five conclusions (n = 1,035) in their evaluation reports. The conclusions stated in the evaluation reports were further analyzed via secondary data analyses in this study. Results showed that the participants regarded the Tier 2 Program as a success, and was effective in enhancing self-understanding, interpersonal skills, and self-management. They liked the experiential learning approach and activities that are novel, interesting, diversified, adventure-based, and outdoor in nature. They also liked instructors who were friendly, supportive, well-prepared, and able to bring challenges and give positive recognition. Most of the difficulties encountered in running the programs were related to time constraints, clashes with other activities, and motivation of participants. Consistent with the previous evaluation findings, the present study suggests that the Tier 2 Program was well received by the participants and that it was beneficial to the development of the program participants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-249
Number of pages12
JournalTheScientificWorldJournal
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Positive youth development
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Subjective outcome evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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