ERIC Number: EJ823954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
Training Workers Implementing Adolescent Prevention and Positive Youth Development Programs: What Have We Learned from the Literature?
Shek, Daniel T. L.; Wai, C. L. Y.
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v43 n172 p823 Win 2008
Although many studies are evaluating the effectiveness of adolescent prevention and positive youth development programs, training programs for workers implementing such programs are seldom examined. In this paper, such programs indexed in several databases were reviewed. The basic characteristics, objectives, content, theory, process, and evaluation of the programs reviewed were examined. Results showed several weaknesses in the published training programs and research gaps in the literature were identified. Several principles guiding the design of training programs for adolescent prevention and positive youth development programs were proposed, including design of the training program around a learning model, raising the trainees' motivation and self-efficacy, teaching knowledge, self-reflective skills and open-mindedness, provision of demonstrations, active participation, and open discussions, and evaluation of the training program. These principles were utilized in the training program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Prevention, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Motivation, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong