Success factors of a community-based positive youth development program: Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong

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To examine the effectiveness of a positive youth development program in Hong Kong, we conducted two separate focus group interviews with program participants and program implementers as participants. The participants were also asked to complete subjective outcome evaluation questionnaires, and the related findings were used to supplement the findings from the interviews. The findings generally showed that the program had positive impact on the program participants, and its effectiveness was primarily reinforced by four factors. They included 1) active participation of students, 2) good design of the program, 3) good professional skills and techniques of social workers, and 4) active involvement of teachers. In conjunction with the previous studies, this result further support the claim that he community-based Project P.A.T.H.S. is effective in promoting positive development of Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-349
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • At-risk youth
  • Evaluation
  • Hong Kong
  • P.A.T.H.S. Project
  • Youth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing

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