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|Title:||Prevention of adolescent problem behavior : longitudinal impact of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong|
|Authors:||Shek, Daniel T. L.|
|Subjects:||Adolescent problem behavior|
Positive youth development
Randomized group trial
|Source:||TheScientificWorldJOURNAL, 2011, v. 11, p. 546–567.|
|Abstract:||The present study attempts to examine the longitudinal impact of a curriculum-based positive youth development program, entitled the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes), on adolescent problem behavior in Hong Kong. Using a longitudinal randomized group design, six waves of data were collected from 19 experimental schools (n = 3,797 at Wave 1) in which students participated in the Project P.A.T.H.S. and 24 control schools (n = 4,049 at Wave 1). At each wave, students responded to questions asking about their current problem behaviors, including delinquency and use of different types of drugs, and their intentions of engaging in such behaviors in the future. Results based on individual growth curve modeling generally showed that the participants displayed lower levels of substance abuse and delinquent behavior than did the control students. Participants who regarded the program to be helpful also showed lower levels of problem behavior than did the control students. The present findings suggest that the Project P.A.T.H.S. is effective in preventing adolescent problem behavior in the junior secondary school years.|
|Rights:||©2011 with author.|
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