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Volume 10, Pages 192-200
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2010.2
Research Article

Subjective Outcome Evaluation of a Positive Youth Development Program in Hong Kong: Profiles and Correlates

1Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, 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 28 September 2009; Revised 29 October 2009; Accepted 31 October 2009

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2010 Hing Keung Ma and Daniel T.L. Shek.

Abstract

Secondary school students (n = 33,867 from 213 secondary schools) responded to a subjective outcome evaluation form to assess their views of the program, workers (teachers and/or social workers), and perceived effectiveness of the program. Results showed that high proportions of the respondents had positive perceptions of the program and the instructors, and more than four-fifths of the respondents regarded the program as helpful to them. While schools admitting students with different academic abilities and hours did not differ in the subjective outcome evaluation ratings, subjective evaluation ratings for workers were highest, followed by ratings for the program and perceived effectiveness. The present study replicates the previously reported findings and provides additional support for the effectiveness of the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes) in Hong Kong.