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Title: Recognition for positive behavior as a positive youth development construct : conceptual bases and implications for curriculum development
Authors: Cheng, HCH
Siu, AMH 
Leung, MCM
Keywords: Adolescent positive behavior
Hong Kong
Prosocial behavior
Reward system
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Freund Publishing House Ltd.
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, 2006, v. 18, no. 3, p. 467-473 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
Abstract: Recognition of positive behavior has gained momentum as the focal perspective in understanding the needs of growth and development among youth. Parents, teachers, youth workers, and other helping professions are encouraged to recognize the strength and potential of young people instead of merely attending to problem behaviors of the youth. Implementing the concepts and practice of recognizing positive behaviors involves both explicit, implicit or symbolic positive reinforcements. Effective recognition of positive behaviors involves the consideration and the combination of different reinforcement strategies that would help young people develop appropriate values and attitudes towards life. Within the Chinese culture, Hong Kong parents are very practical and place strong emphasis on academic achievement. Discipline is the most frequently used method to correct misbehaviors; whereas recognition of positive behaviors is rarely utilized. Consequently, curriculum design needs to encompass contents that help teachers, parents and students understand the importance of positive behaviors, and learn how to promote positive behaviors. The ultimate goal is to help young people internalize positive behaviors, develop a more positive self-perception and to be more active and pleasant in relating to others, and to feel that helping others is self-fulfilling and rewarding. The curriculum programme described in this article is designed for the PATHS-Project, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
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