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Title: Development, implementation, and evaluation of a multi-addiction prevention program for primary school students in Hong Kong : the B.E.S.T. teen program
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Yu, L 
Leung, H 
Wu, FKY 
Law, MYM
Keywords: Addiction prevention
Psychosocial competence
Positive youth development
Chinese adolescents
Primary school students
Program evaluation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Springer
Source: Asian journal of gambling issues and public health, 2016, v. 6, no. 5, p. 1-17 How to cite?
Journal: Asian journal of gambling issues and public health 
Abstract: Based on the evaluation findings of the B.E.S.T. Teen Program which aimed at promoting behavioral, emotional, social, and thinking competencies in primary school students, it is argued in this paper that promotion of psychosocial competence to prevent addiction in primary school students is a promising strategy. A total of 382 Primary 5 (Grade 5) and 297 Primary 6 (Grade 6) students from five primary schools in Hong Kong participated in the program. Different evaluation strategies were adopted to evaluate the program. First, objective outcome evaluation adopting a non-equivalent group pretest–posttest experimental-control group design was conducted to examine change in the students. Second, to gauge students’ perceptions of the program, subjective outcome evaluation was conducted. The evaluation findings basically converged to tentatively suggest that young adolescents benefited from participating in the program. Implications on the development, implementation, and evaluation of addiction prevention programs for teenagers are discussed.
ISSN: 2195-3007
EISSN: 2194-9921
DOI: 10.1186/s40405-016-0014-z
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