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Using Positive Youth Development Constructs to Design a Drug Education Curriculum for Junior Secondary Students in Hong Kong

Authors
Journal
The Scientific World JOURNAL
2356-6140
Publisher
Hindawi (The Scientific World)
Publication Date
Volume
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1100/2011/280419
Keywords
  • Research Article
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Education

Abstract

This paper outlines the design of a new curriculum for positive youth development (P.A.T.H.S. II) in Hong Kong. The paper discusses the conceptual base for designing a drug-education curriculum for junior-secondary students using four positive youth development constructs—cognitive competence, emotional competence, beliefs in the future, and self-efficacy. The program design is premised on the belief that adolescents do have developmental assets; therefore, the curriculum is designed to develop their psychosocial competencies. The goal of the curriculum is to develop the selfhood of these youths and ultimately achieve the goal of successful adolescent development.

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