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Development and Evaluation of Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programs (P.A.T.H.S.)

  • Daniel T.L. SHEK
  • Rachel C. F. Sun

Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Daniel T. L. Shek, Rachel C. F. Sun
    Pages 29-52
  3. Daniel T. L. Shek, Rachel C. F. Sun
    Pages 193-205
  4. Ben M. F. Law, Daniel T. L. Shek
    Pages 227-246
  5. Daniel T. L. Shek, Rachel C. F. Sun
    Pages 265-278
  6. Daniel T. L. Shek, Xiao Yan Han, Tak Yan Lee, Lu Yu
    Pages 291-304

About this book


This book outlines the development, implementation and evaluation of a project entitled "P.A.T.H.S. to Adulthood: A Jockey Club Youth Enhancement Scheme," with P.A.T.H.S. denoting Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social programmes.

This pioneer project was conducted in Hong Kong between 2005 and 2012 with more than 210,000 participants. Its goal was to help students meet various challenges in their path to adulthood, with a focus on their psychosocial competencies, developmental assets and the promotion of healthy peer relationships. The project was initiated by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust in collaboration with the Government’s Social Welfare Department, Education Bureau and five universities in Hong Kong.

Edited by the researchers of the project, Development and Evaluation of Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programs explores the nature of positive youth development (PYD), the application of PYD constructs to youth programs and implementation issues.

Using multiple strategies, the book evaluates the overall effectiveness of the P.A.T.H.S. school-based program and reveals that stakeholders had positive perceptions of the project, its implementers and benefits. Students in the program showed better positive development and displayed lower levels of substance abuse and delinquent behavior than students in the control schools.

The book also details lessons learned, emergent issues, future directions as well as insights into the development of positive youth development programs particularly in Chinese communities. Development and Evaluation of Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programs will appeal to all educators, administrators, psychologists, social workers and allied profeesionals looking to promote whole-person development in their students, especially those with in interest in education in China.


Adolescent Risk Behaviour Adolescent development Chinese adolescents Evaluation methods in China Evaluation of youth work P.A.T.H.S. Personal construct psychology Positive adolescent training through holistic social programs Positive youth development Psychosocial needs Youth work

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel T.L. SHEK
    • 1
  • Rachel C. F. Sun
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Social SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong SAR

About the editors

Professor Daniel TL Shek is Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC, Advisory Professor of East China Normal University, Shanghai, PRC, and Honorary Professor of Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, PRC. He is Chief Editor of Journal of Youth Studies, Editorial Advisor of British Journal of Social Work, and editorial board members of several international refereed journals, such as Social Indicators Research. He has served in many high level government advisory bodies. He has published numerous books and more than 450 scientific articles in international refereed journals.

Dr. Rachel Sun, PhD is Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. She is the Principal Investigator of school misbehavior research studies and a Co-Principal Investigator of a positive youth development program and a university’s leadership program in Hong Kong. Her work appears in Educational Psychology, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Adolescence, Pastoral Psychology, Social Indicators Research and The Scientific World Journal. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Boys’ Centres and a member of the editorial board of Research on Social Work Practice.

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