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Title: Effectiveness of the Tier 1 Program of Project P.A.T.H.S. : findings based on three years of program implementation
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Sun, RCF
Issue Date: 2010
Source: The scientific world journal, 2010, v. 10, p. 1509-1519
Abstract: The Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programmes) is a positive youth development program implemented in school settings, utilizing a curricular-based approach. In the third year of the Full Implementation Phase, 19 experimental schools (n = 3,170 students) and 24 control schools (n = 3,808 students) participated in a randomized group trial. Utilizing the six-wave longitudinal data, ANCOVA, and linear mixed models controlling for differences between the two groups in terms of Wave 1 pretest scores, personal variables, and random effects of schools, it was revealed that participants in the experimental schools showed significantly better development than did participants in the control schools at post-test (Wave 6) based on different indicators of positive youth development derived from the Chinese Positive Youth Development Scale and other measures. Students in the experimental schools also displayed a lower level of intention to engage in problem behavior and better school adjustment than did students in the control schools. Similarly, differences between experimental participants who perceived the program to be beneficial and control participants were found.
Keywords: Adolescents
Positive youth development
Randomized group trial
P.A.T.H.S.
Objective outcome evaluation
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Journal: The scientific world journal 
ISSN: 2356-6140
EISSN: 1537-744X
DOI: 10.1100/tsw.2010.122
Rights: © 2010 with author
This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.
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