Evaluation of a Positive Youth Development Project (Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project) in China using student diaries


Authors: Daniel TL Shek, Diya Dou, Xiaoqin Zhu, Carman KM Chu, Kar-Yan Chu, Eunice CY Kwok, Tiny YT Iu, and Kai-Kit Tsui
Page Range: 135-147
Published in: International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 16#2 (2023)
ISSN: 1939-5930

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With reference to the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong, we developed the Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in mainland China. To understand the perceptions of the high school students of the programs in this project, we collected diaries from students after completion of the program. In this paper, we present findings based on diaries of 48 high school students in mainland China in the context of a junior researcher mentorship program involving three Hong Kong high school students who were trained to analyze the diaries. Results showed that the overall tone of the diaries was positive, with students showing positive views of the program content, teaching process, and teachers. Besides, students perceived that they benefited from the program in the areas of intrapersonal, interpersonal, familial and societal domains. The present study underscores the value of Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in nurturing positive development of Chinese adolescents in mainland China.

Keywords: Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. programs, positive youth development, Chinese adolescents, qualitative evaluation, China

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