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Title: Beliefs in the future as a positive youth development construct : a conceptual review
Authors: Sun, RCF
Shek, DTL 
Issue Date: 2012
Source: The scientific world journal, 2012, v. 2012, 527038, p. 1-8
Abstract: To assess the effectiveness of the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S., a randomized group trial with eight waves of data collected was carried out. At the fifth year of data collection, 19 experimental schools (n = 2, 662 students) and 24 control schools (n = 3, 272 students) participated in the study. Analyses based on individual growth curve modeling showed that participants in the experimental schools displayed better positive youth development than did participants in the control schools in terms of different indicators derived from the Chinese Positive Youth Development Scale, including moral competence and behavioral competence and cognitive behavioral competencies. Significant results were also found when examining the trajectories of psychological development among control and experimental participants who perceived the program to be beneficial. Findings based on longitudinal objective outcome evaluation strongly suggest that the Project P.A.T.H.S. is effective in promoting positive development in Hong Kong secondary school students.
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Journal: The scientific world journal 
ISSN: 2356-6140
EISSN: 1537-744X
DOI: 10.1100/2012/527038
Rights: Copyright © 2012 R. C. F. Sun and D. T. L. Shek. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The following publication Rachel C. F. Sun, Daniel T. L. Shek, "Beliefs in the Future as a Positive Youth Development Construct: A Conceptual Review", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 2012, Article ID 527038, 8 pages, 2012 is available at https://doi.org/10.1100/2012/527038
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