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Volume 10, Pages 2101-2111
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2010.177
Research Article

Secondary Data Analyses of Subjective Outcome Evaluation Findings of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong

1Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
2Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
3Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, China
4Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
5Division of Learning, Development and Diversity, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Received 4 August 2010; Revised 18 August 2010; Accepted 19 August 2010

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2010 Daniel T. L. Shek and Rachel C. F. Sun.

Abstract

The Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes) is a positive youth development program in Hong Kong. After completion of the program, program implementers were required to draw five conclusions based on the subjective outcome evaluation findings collected from the program participants and implementers as reported in the evaluation report. Secondary analyses of the data collected from 48 schools that had joined the Secondary 3 program showed that most of the conclusions concerning perceptions of the program, instructors, and effectiveness of the program were positive in nature. There were also conclusions indicating strengths and possible improvement of the program. The present findings are consistent with the previous findings that suggest that the Project P.A.T.H.S. is well received by the stakeholders and the program is beneficial to the development of Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong.