Positive Youth Development: The Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in Mainland China

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Daniel T.L. Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP – Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PRC. Public Policy Research Institute, 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, Kentucky, United States of America
Moon YM Law, RSW, MSW, DSW – Lecturer, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China
Xiaoqin Zhu, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong, PR China
Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc -Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
BISAC: MED105010
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/TSPM4131

Starting out, the history and development of Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Program is outlined and its achievement. For the pilot studies from 2011 to 2014, the Editors found that students joining the program performed better in the developmental outcomes as compared to the control participants. For the training programs conducted in the project, subjective outcome evaluation findings are also very positive. Finally, the Editors conducted evaluation for the programs launched from 2015 to 2018. Basically, the findings showed that students benefitted from the program. Furthermore, how Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Program is aligned with the education reform taking place in China is discussed, where holistic development and student-centered intervention are emphasized. Then the publications arising from Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project. This is important because most of the publications are in Chinese and this book can definitely help non-Chinese speaking colleagues understand what work has been done. As mentioned, to understand further the views of the teachers regarding the development and impact of Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project, the Editors conducted a qualitative study based on individual interviews with nine teachers of Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Program participating in the study. In Chapter 5, they presented findings on the perceived benefits of the program to students. Generally speaking, the findings clearly show that the program benefitted the students in different domains, including intrapersonal and interpersonal competences. These findings corroborated with the findings obtained in Hong Kong and the earlier studies in Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project. In Chapter 6, findings on the benefits to the teachers and other stakeholders were presented. Overall speaking, the findings suggest that Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Program created many benefits for the teachers. In particular, the program helped teachers to be better teachers and better parents. As not many papers have been written on how positive youth development programs benefit the implementers, the related findings are very valuable. In the final paper, the views of the teachers are examined on the training programs and the related benefits. The findings showed that the teachers were very positive about the training programs and they found the training programs to be very helpful. These findings are consistent with the previous findings on the value and positive impact of the training programs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. Promotion of positive youth development in mainland China: Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. project
Daniel TL Shek¹, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP, Moon YM Law², RSW, MSW, DSW, Xiaoqin Zhu¹, PhD and Joav Merrick³, MD, MMedSci, DMSc
¹Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China
²Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China
³National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel; Department of Pediatrics, Mt Scopus Campus, Hadassah Medical Center and Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel; Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, United States; Center for Healthy Development, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, United States

Section One: P.A.T.H.S. Project in Mainland China

Chapter 2. Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in Mainland China: Curriculum development, training, program implementation and evaluation
Daniel TL Shek¹, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP, Xiaoqin Zhu¹, PhD, Janet TY Leung¹, PhD, and Moon YM Law², RSW, MSW, DSW
¹Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China
²Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China

Chapter 3. The Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project and Basic Education Curriculum Reform in Mainland China
Daniel TL Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP, Xiaoqin Zhu, PhD, Janet TY Leung, PhD and Diya Dou, PhD
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China

Chapter 4. Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in mainland China: Dissemination of related experiences
Daniel TL Shek¹, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP, Xiaoqin Zhu¹, PhD, Janet TY Leung¹, PhD and Moon YM Law², RSW, MSW, DSW
¹Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China
²Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China

Chapter 5. Benefits of a positive youth development program for students in mainland China: Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project
Daniel TL Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP, Diya Dou, PhD, Xiaoqin Zhu, PhD, Carman KM Chu, MSc, Britta M Lee, MDes, Kar-Yan Chu, MSc and Jason CM Lee, BSocSc
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China

Chapter 6. Benefits of a Positive Youth Development Program (Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project) for program implementers: A qualitative study
Daniel TL Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP, Diya Dou, PhD, Xiaoqin Zhu, PhD, Britta M Lee, MDes, Carman KM Chu, MSc, Kar-Yan Chu, MSc and Jason CM Lee, BSocSc
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China

Chapter 7. Training program of the Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in mainland China: A qualitative study
Daniel TL Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP, Xiaoqin Zhu, PhD, Diya Dou, PhD, Zhenli Zhu, MA, Britta M Lee, MDes, Cathy HM Chan, MA, and Anthony WK Yung, BA
Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China

Chapter 8. Tin Ka Ping P.A.T.H.S. Project in China: Reflections and issues to be resolved
Daniel TL Shek¹, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, SBS, JP, Moon YM Law², RSW, MSW, DSW, Janet TY Leung¹, PhD and Xiaoqin Zhu¹, PhD
¹Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
²Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China

Section Two: Acknowledgements

Chapter 9. About the Editors

Chapter 10. About the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

Chapter 11. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Section Three: Index

 

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