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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Volume 25, Issue 4 (Dec 2013)

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Transforming potential program implementers in professional development: the project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong

Daniel T.L. Shek
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  • Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC
  • Department of Applied Social Sciences, Centre for Innovative Programmes for Adolescents and Families, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC; Department of Social Work, East China Normal University, Shanghai, PRC; Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, PRC; and Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA
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Published Online: 2013-03-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2013-0041

Abstract

High quality pre-implementation professional training is the cornerstone for successful implementation of positive youth development programs. A qualitative evaluation study was conducted to understand the experiences of the potential program implementers of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong. The findings showed that participants highly valued the learning experiences acquired from the training program, particularly in the areas of knowledge acquisition and personal growth. Participants who benefited from these dimensions developed attitudes and skills that are desirable for the implementation of the Project P.A.T.H.S. Implications about the conditions that are conducive to the P.A.T.H.S. training program in promoting knowledge, skills acquisition, retention, application, and generalization are discussed.

Keywords: positive youth development; Project P.A.T.H.S.; reflective-participatory approach; training; transformative learning

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About the article

Corresponding author: Professor Daniel T.L. Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, JP, Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Room HJ407, Core H, Hunghom, Hong Kong, E-mail:


Received: 2012-05-25

Accepted: 2012-06-28

Published Online: 2013-03-01

Published in Print: 2013-12-01


Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2013-0041.

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