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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

Editorial Board: Birch, Diana ML / Blum, Robert W. / Greydanus, MD, Dr. HC (Athens), Donald E. / Hardoff, Daniel / Kerr, Mike / Levy, Howard B / Morad, Mohammed / Omar, Hatim A. / de Paul, Joaquin / Rydelius, Per-Anders / Shek, Daniel T.L. / Sher, Leo / Silber, Tomas J. / Towns, Susan / Urkin, Jacob / Verhofstadt-Deneve, Leni / Zeltzer, Lonnie / Tenenbaum, Ariel


CiteScore 2018: 0.79

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.350
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.476

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2191-0278
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“Use of self” as a strategy in teaching the P.A.T.H.S. curriculum

Patrick S.Y. Lau
  • Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, P.R. China
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/ Florence K.Y. Wu
  • Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, P.R. China
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Abstract

The purpose of promoting “use of self” or “self-disclosures” as a teaching strategy in teaching the P.A.T.H.S. curriculum is to create an interactive environment between teachers and students which can enhance the interactions between both parties. This article focuses on three major consequences of utilizing self-disclosures in the education settings, including humanizing the classroom, encouraging students’ openness, and promoting teachers’ awareness and reflective practice. Positive feedback of the participants of the Secondary 3 P.A.T.H.S. training programs show that participants were moved by the training instructors, who demonstrated the power of “use of self” in a humanistic manner. To retain a humanized and open classroom atmosphere depends greatly on the relational exchanges between teachers and students. This revelation should be purposeful and intentional, with appropriate boundaries and frequencies. Acknowledging the issues to consider in using “use of self” as a teaching strategy, teachers should focus attention on the process of connecting students with them. Guidelines for worker’s self-disclosure are also discussed.

Keywords: adolescents; Hong Kong; Project P.A.T.H.S.; positive youth development; self-disclosure; use of self

About the article

Corresponding author: Professor Patrick S.Y. Lau, Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, P.R. China


Received: 2010-08-05

Revised: 2010-09-10

Accepted: 2010-09-18


Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Pages -–-, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh.2010.027.

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