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Volume 7 (2007), Pages 47-55
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2007.38
Research Article

Subjective Outcome Evaluation of the Project P.A.T.H.S.: Findings Based on the Perspective of the Program Participants

1Quality of Life Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
2Social Welfare Practice and Research Centre, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
3Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Received 25 December 2006; Revised 2 January 2007; Accepted 4 January 2007

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2007 Daniel T. L. Shek and Hing Keung Ma.

Abstract

A total of 52 schools (n = 8679 students) participated in the experimental implementation phase of the project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes). After completion of the Tier 1 Program, students were invited to respond to the Subjective Outcome Evaluation Form (Form A) to assess their views of the program, instructors, and perceived effectiveness of the program. Based on the consolidated reports submitted by the schools to the funding body, the research team aggregated the consolidated data to form a “reconstructed” overall profile on the perceptions of the program participants. Results showed that high proportions of the respondents had positive perceptions of the program and the instructors, and roughly four-fifths of the respondents regarded the program as helpful to them. The present study provides additional support for the effectiveness of the Tier 1 Program of the P.A.T.H.S. Project in Hong Kong.