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Title: Perceptions of adolescents among teachers and social workers in the context of training programs in Hong Kong
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Chan, C 
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Source: International journal of adolescent medicine and health, June 2011, v. 23, no. 4, p. 373-378
Abstract: This article explores whether professionals working with young people hold a negative view on adolescents in Hong Kong. Data were collected from 1112 participants from 23 workshops in a 3-day training program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong. In the workshop, there was a group activity inviting the participants to describe the characteristics of contemporary young people in Hong Kong. The findings showed that positive comments about adolescents were only half of the negative comments. The common themes that emerged from the negative comments included: “problematic self-conceptions”, “do not have long-term life goals”, “irresponsible”, “materialistic”, and “calculative”. The common themes that emerged from the positive comments included: “good at learning new things”, “energetic”, and “creative”. The themes apparently reflected sociocultural characteristics of the contemporary Hong Kong Society.
Keywords: Project P.A.T.H.S.
Qualitative evaluation
Training program
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Journal: International journal of adolescent medicine and health 
ISSN: 0334-0139
EISSN: 2191-0278
DOI: 10.1515/IJAMH.2011.035
Rights: ©2011 by Walter de Gruyter. The journal web site is located at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijamh
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