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Volume 10, Pages 238-249
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2010.1
Research Article

Secondary Data Analyses of Conclusions Drawn by the Program Implementers of a Positive Youth Development Program in Hong Kong

1Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
2Department of Applied Social Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
3Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macao

Received 1 October 2009; Revised 31 October 2009; Accepted 31 October 2009

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2010 Andrew M. H. Siu and Daniel T.L. Shek.

Abstract

The Tier 2 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes) is designed for adolescents with significant psychosocial needs, and its various programs are designed and implemented by social workers (program implementers) for specific student groups in different schools. Using subjective outcome evaluation data collected from the program participants (Form C) at 207 schools, the program implementers were asked to aggregate data and write down five conclusions (n = 1,035) in their evaluation reports. The conclusions stated in the evaluation reports were further analyzed via secondary data analyses in this study. Results showed that the participants regarded the Tier 2 Program as a success, and was effective in enhancing self-understanding, interpersonal skills, and self-management. They liked the experiential learning approach and activities that are novel, interesting, diversified, adventure-based, and outdoor in nature. They also liked instructors who were friendly, supportive, well-prepared, and able to bring challenges and give positive recognition. Most of the difficulties encountered in running the programs were related to time constraints, clashes with other activities, and motivation of participants. Consistent with the previous evaluation findings, the present study suggests that the Tier 2 Program was well received by the participants and that it was beneficial to the development of the program participants.