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Volume 7 (2007), Pages 258-267
Research Article

Convergence of Subjective Outcome and Objective Outcome Evaluation Findings: Insights Based on the Project P.A.T.H.S.

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 Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
4Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
5Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Received 30 December 2006; Revised 25 January 2007; Accepted 25 January 2007

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2007 Daniel T. L. Shek et al.


A total of 546 students participated in the Tier 1 Program of the P.A.T.H.S. Project responded to the Chinese Positive Youth Development Scale (CPYDS) at pretest and posttest and the Subjective Outcome Scale (SOS) at posttest. Result showed that the SOS was internally consistent. The SOS total scores were significantly related to measures of global satisfaction and the participants' degree of sharing with others, thus giving support to its construct validity. Factor analysis revealed that there were three dimensions of the scale and the related subscales were significantly correlated among themselves. Based on the significant relationships between the SOS measures of perceived program effectiveness and posttest CPYDS scores as well as changes in CPYDS scores, the present study revealed the convergence of subjective outcome evaluation findings and objective outcome evaluation findings in the P.A.T.H.S. Project.