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Volume 10, Pages 261-272
Research Article

Positive Youth Development Programs Targeting Students with Greater Psychosocial Needs: A Replication

1Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong, Shanghai, China
2Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Shanghai, China
3Department of Sociology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
4Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macao

Received 20 October 2009; Revised 28 November 2009; Accepted 28 November 2009

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2010 Tak Yan Lee and Daniel Shek.


The Tier 2 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes) targets adolescents with greater psychosocial needs, and the related programs were designed and implemented by school social workers. After completion of the Tier 2 Program (Secondary 1 Level), 9,931 participants in 212 schools responded to the Subjective Outcome Evaluation Form (Form C) in order to assess their views of the program, workers, and perceived effectiveness of the program. Based on the consolidated reports submitted by the agencies to the funding body, the research team aggregated the consolidated data to form a “reconstructed” overall profile on the perceptions of the program participants. Four major types of program were identified, including programs based on the adventure-based counseling approach (n = 58), programs concentrating on volunteer training and services (n = 31), programs offering both adventure-based counseling and volunteer training activities (n = 91), and other programs with different foci (n = 32). Results showed that high proportions of the respondents had positive perceptions of the programs and the workers, and over four-fifths of the respondents regarded the program as helpful to them. The present study provides support for the effectiveness of the Tier 2 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong for the Full Implementation Phase.