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Volume 8, Pages 997-1009
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2008.121
Research Article

School-Related Factors in the Implementation of a Positive Youth Development Project in Hong Kong

1Quality of Life Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2Department of Sociology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
3Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau

Received 2 July 2008; Revised 17 July 2008; Accepted 23 August 2008

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2008 Daniel T. L. Shek et al.

Abstract

Individual and focus group interviews were conducted to identify school-related factors that influence the process and quality of implementation of the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong. Results of this case study approach showed that the program implementation quality was generally high. Factors that facilitate the implementation of the program were identified, including administrative support from the school and social work agency, presence of dedicated teachers, positive perceptions of the program among teachers, the teachers' self-disclosure, effective continuous assessment, and excellent co-teaching mode. Difficulties encountered by the school in the process of implementation were also observed. Based on the present findings, school-related process variables that facilitate or impede the implementation of positive youth development programs in the Chinese context are discussed.