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TheScientificWorldJOURNAL - Volume 6 2006, Pages 388-396

Mini-Review Article Social Welfare Practice and Research Centre, Department of Social Work, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

Received 11 February 2006; Revised 9 March 2006; Accepted 9 March 2006

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2006 Daniel T.L. Shek and Britta M. Lee.


The Project P.A.T.H.S. Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programs is a positive youth development program that attempts to promote holistic development in adolescents in Hong Kong. In the Tier 2 Program of this project, social workers are expected to develop positive youth development programs for adolescents having greater psychosocial needs. They are required to submit proposals that will be evaluated in terms of whether the proposals are evidence based, and appropriate evaluation mechanisms are included. With reference to the literature on parental control processes that Chinese parents may be loose in their behavioral control and they tend to overemphasize academic excellence, it is argued that improvement of the parenting skills of parents of Chinese adolescents is an important area to be addressed. To facilitate social workers to prepare the related proposals, a sample proposal on how to improve the parenting skills of Chinese parents is described, including its conceptual framework, proposed program, and evaluation plan. It is argued that this supportive approach i.e., preparation of a sample proposal can help social workers to develop quality proposals on positive youth development programs in Hong Kong.

Author: Daniel T.L. Shek and Britta M. Lee



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