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Research Article

Qualitative Evaluation of the Project P.A.T.H.S.: Findings Based on Focus Groups with Student Participants

1Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
2Department of Sociology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
3Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, China

Received 1 April 2009; Revised 13 May 2009; Accepted 20 May 2009

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2009 Daniel T. L. Shek and Catalina S. M. Ng.


This paper reports a qualitative evaluation study conducted to explore the perceptions of students who joined the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. A total of 92 students were randomly selected to participate in 10 focus groups, which provided qualitative data for the study. With specific focus on how the informants described the program, the descriptors used were primarily positive; the metaphors named by the informants that could stand for the program were basically positive. Program participants also perceived the program to be beneficial in different psychosocial domains. The present study lends further support to the effectiveness of the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in promoting holistic development in Chinese adolescents.