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Title: Qualitative evaluation of the Project P.A.T.H.S. : findings based on focus groups with student participants
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Ng, CSM
Issue Date: 2009
Source: The scientific world journal, 2009, v. 9, p. 691-703
Abstract: This paper reports a qualitative evaluation study conducted to explore the perceptions of students who joined the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. A total of 92 students were randomly selected to participate in 10 focus groups, which provided qualitative data for the study. With specific focus on how the informants described the program, the descriptors used were primarily positive; the metaphors named by the informants that could stand for the program were basically positive. Program participants also perceived the program to be beneficial in different psychosocial domains. The present study lends further support to the effectiveness of the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in promoting holistic development in Chinese adolescents.
Keywords: Focus groups
Adolescents
Qualitative evaluation
Positive youth development program
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Journal: The scientific world journal 
ISSN: 2356-6140
EISSN: 1537-744X
DOI: 10.1100/tsw.2009.59
Rights: © 2009 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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