Views of teachers on a positive youth development program for high school students in mainland China: Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project

Tan Lei Shek, Britta Mailynn Lee, Zhenli Zhu, Xiaoqin Zhu, Tsin Yee Janet Leung

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Abstract

In view of the developmental issues faced by Chinese adolescents in mainland China, there is a strong need to develop adolescent prevention and positive youth development (PYD) programs in China. In response to this need, we developed the Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project which was modeled after the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong. Besides collecting evauation findings from the program participants, we also collected feedback from the program implementers. In this paper, we report the evaluation findings based on the views of the teachers (N = 411) recruited from 19 and 14 participating schools in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic years, respectively. Using a validated tool on subjective outcome evaluation, we found that responses of the program implementers were generally positive, with most of them showing satisfaction with the program quality, their own performance and benefits of the program to the students. In line with the hypotheses, satisfaction of program content, one’s own performance and benefits were significantly correlated. Multiple regression analyses further showed that perceived program quality and self performance were significant predictors of program effectiveness. Besides, while perceived performance of oneself and perceived benefits were significant predictors of overall satisfaction, perceived program quality did not.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Child and Adolescent Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Subjective outcome evaluation
  • adolescents
  • positive youth development theory
  • PATHS
  • mainland China

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