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Title: Evaluation of colorful life : a multi-addiction expressive arts intervention program for adolescents of addicted parents and parents with addiction
Authors: Leung, H 
Shek, DTL 
Yu, L 
Wu, FKY 
Law, MYM 
Chan, EML
Issue Date: Dec-2018
Source: International journal of mental health and addiction, Dec. 2018, v. 16, no. 6, p. 1343-1356
Abstract: This study evaluated an expressive arts intervention program (Colorful Life) for adolescents with addicted parents and parents with addiction in Hong Kong. Different evaluation strategies were employed. Objective outcome evaluation adopting a one group pretest-posttest design showed positive changes in adolescents' (N=43) beliefs about addiction. Both adolescents' and parents' (N=21) psychosocial competencies were enhanced post-intervention. Subjective outcome evaluation from both adolescent (N=47) and parent (N=22) groups showed positive perceptions of the program content, implementers, and achievement of program objectives. Findings provided preliminary evidence to support and yielded practical implications for the adoption of the multi-addiction syndrome model, positive youth development, and expressive arts approaches in the development of interventions for high-risk adolescents and addictive parents.
Keywords: Multi-addiction prevention
Expressive arts
Addicted parents
Publisher: Springer
Journal: International journal of mental health and addiction 
ISSN: 1557-1874
EISSN: 1557-1882
DOI: 10.1007/s11469-018-9899-3
Description: 1st Asia Pacific Conference of Addiction Professionals (APCAP), May 18-19, 2017, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Rights: Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
The following publication Leung, H., Shek, D.T.L., Yu, L. et al. Evaluation of “Colorful Life”: A Multi-Addiction Expressive Arts Intervention Program for Adolescents of Addicted Parents and Parents with Addiction. Int J Ment Health Addiction 16, 1343–1356 (2018) is available at
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