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Title: Prosocial involvement as a positive youth development construct : conceptual bases and implications for curriculum development
Authors: Cheng, HCH
Siu, AMH 
Leung, MCM
Keywords: Hong Kong
Prosocial activities
Prosocial involvement
Prosocial norms
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Freund Publishing House Ltd.
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, 2006, v. 18, no. 3, p. 393-400 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
Abstract: Pro-social involvement programmes are significant and important for the healthy growth of adolescents as well as for the development of society. Pro-social involvement of adolescence refers to paid-job, volunteer works, sport and games. It serves the functions of making adolescents aware of and to accept the social norms and moral standard of the society, which would bring positive changes to the adolescents and consequently benefit the society as a whole. Past studies showed that adolescents who participated in pro-social involvement programmes tended to have positive self-perception, more social skills, and less anti-social behaviors. In Hong Kong, professionals in education and social services have fully recognized the benefits of pro-involvement programmes. They have organized multi-level and diverse pro-social involvement programmes and encouraged adolescents to participate. Through participation, adolescents could be helped to redefine their relationship with the society, and maximize their potentials for growth. The current programme described in this article is designed in the P.A.T.H.S. Project, support by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
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