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Title: Does service leadership education contribute to student well-being? A quasi-experimental study based on Hong Kong University students
Authors: Lin, L 
Shek, DTL 
Issue Date: Nov-2019
Source: Applied research in quality of life, Nov. 2019, v. 14, no. 5, p. 1147-1163
Abstract: Leadership programs have become increasingly prevalent in tertiary institutions, but rigorous evaluation research on their effectiveness on student development, particularly student well-being is inadequate. This study examined the effectiveness of a credit-bearing leadership course entitled "Service Leadership" in promoting leadership capacities and well-being of university students using a pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design. Based on a sample of Hong Kong university students (experimental group: n=75; control group, n=105), we found that students in the experimental group (i.e., those taking the course) showed a greater improvement in service leadership knowledge, service leadership attitudes, and life satisfaction than those in the control group (i.e., those not taking the course) after taking the course. Besides, changes in life satisfaction and positive youth development were positively related to the change in service leadership attitudes but not service leadership knowledge. The implications of the findings on leadership education and holistic development of university students are discussed.
Keywords: Service leadership model
Service leadership knowledge
Service leadership attitudes
Life satisfaction
Positive youth development
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Applied research in quality of life 
ISSN: 1871-2584
EISSN: 1871-2576
DOI: 10.1007/s11482-018-9644-x
Rights: ©The Author(s) 2018
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.
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