Psychosocial Needs: Success in Life and Career Planning

Daniel T.L. Shek, Ph.D. (Editor)
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
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

Janet TY Leung, Ph.D. (Editor)
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong

Tak Yan Lee (Editor)
Department of Applied Social Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China

Joav Merrick, M.D., MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
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: Health and Human Development
BISAC: MED078000

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With the conclusion of adolescence, a child develops into a teenager that may experiment with dating, smoking and drinking, and they may make important decisions without parental knowledge or guidance. These teenagers may also engage in risky behavior, which may pose as a threat to their well-being and successful transition into adulthood. With this in mind, how can we can prevent adolescent risk behavior? Traditionally, prevention scientists propose three forms of prevention. Primarily, attempts to reduce the harmful consequences of risk behavior, such as treatment of risk behavior (i.e., mental disorders or substance abuse) are ideal.

For some problematic behavior which has already occurred, a better approach is to identify those who are “at-risk” as early as possible (i.e., secondary prevention). For example, youth workers may identify those who have suicidal ideation and intervene as early as possible so that they will not harm themselves. In this book, the authors assess whether a community-based program in Hong Kong was effective in promoting adolescent development and explore what factors were associated with the program effects. The authors hope that the studies included in this book can help to reveal the successful experience of the project and provide some pointers for the development of programs for adolescents with greater psychosocial needs. (Imprint: Nova)

Introduction

Chapter 1. Helping Young People with Greater Psychosocial Needs
Daniel TL Shek, Janet TY Leung, Tak Yan Lee and Joav Merrick (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China, and others)

Section One: Life and Career

Chapter 2. What We Learned from the Insiders: Evaluation of a Community-Based Positive Youth Development Program
Cecilia MS Ma, Daniel TL Shek, Moon YM Law and Jackie WL Law (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China, and others)

Chapter 3. Promotion of Positive Youth Development through a Horticultural Therapy Program
Cecilia MS Ma, Daniel TL Shek and Moon YM Law (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China, and others)

Chapter 4. Success Factors of a Community-Based Positive Youth Development Program
Ben Law and Daniel TL Shek (Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China, and others)

Chapter 5. Identification of Success Factors of the Community-Based Adolescent Project
Ben Law and Daniel TL Shek (Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China, and others)

Chapter 6. Factors Contributing to the Success in Life and Career
Janet TY Leung and Daniel TL Shek (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China, and others)

Chapter 7. Perceived Benefits of a Life and Career Development Program
Janet TY Leung and Daniel TL Shek (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China, and others)

Chapter 8. Evaluation of a Positive Youth Development Program for Low-Achieving Students
Janet TY Leung and Daniel TL Shek (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, PR China, and others)

Chapter 9. Did Students Apply What They Had Learned from a Positive Youth Development Program in Their Real-Life Situations?
Tak Yan Lee, Andrew YT Low and Anthy LY Ngai (Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China)

Chapter 10. Does Students’ Academic Ability Make a Difference in the Learning Outcomes of a Positive Youth Development Program in Hong Kong?
Tak Yan Lee, Andrew YT Low, Jerf Yeung and Yuki X Jin (Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China)

Chapter 11. The Experiences of Early Adolescents after Joining a Positive Youth Development Program
Andrew YT Low, Tak Yan Lee and Roger KL Lau (Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China)

Section Two: Acknowledgements

Chapter 12. About the Editors

Chapter 13. About the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong

Chapter 14. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Chapter 15. About the book series “Health and human development”

Section Three: Index

Index

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