Subjective outcome and objective outcome evaluation findings: Insights from a chinese context

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Objective: As there are few studies examining the relationship between subjective and objective outcome evaluation findings, this study investigated the linkage between these two types of outcomes in the Chinese culture. Method: In an experimental study, 3,298 Chinese secondary school students responded to the Chinese Positive Youth Development Scale assessing objective outcome (CPYDS) at pretest and posttest. They also responded to the Chinese Subjective Outcome Scale (CSOS) assessing subjective outcome at posttest. Results: The CSOS total and subscale scores were significantly correlated with posttest CPYDS scores and difference scores; they also predicted changes in CPYDS scores across time. Conclusions: The present findings demystify the common belief that findings based on the client satisfaction approach are unrelated to objective outcome evaluation findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-301
Number of pages9
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Client satisfaction approach
  • Objective outcome evaluation
  • Positive youth development
  • Subjective outcome evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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