This book outlines the development, implementation and evaluation of a project entitled P.A.T.H.S. to Adulthood: A Jockey Club Youth Enhancement Scheme," with P.A.T.H.S. denoting Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social programmes.
This pioneer project was conducted in Hong Kong between 2005 and 2012 with more than 210,000 participants. Its goal was to help students meet various challenges in their path to adulthood, with a focus on their psychosocial competencies, developmental assets and the promotion of healthy peer relationships. The project was initiated by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust in collaboration with the Government s Social Welfare Department, Education Bureau and five universities in Hong Kong.
Edited by the researchers of the project, Development and Evaluation of Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programs explores the nature of positive youth development (PYD), the application of PYD constructs to youth programs and implementation issues.
Using multiple strategies, the book evaluates the overall effectiveness of the P.A.T.H.S. school-based programme and reveals that stakeholders had positive perceptions of the project, its implementers and benefits. Students in the program showed better positive development and displayed lower levels of substance abuse and delinquent behaviour than students in the control schools.
The book also details lessons learned, emergent issues, future directions as well as insights into the development of positive youth development programs particularly in Chinese communities. Development and Evaluation of Positive Adolescent Training through Holistic Social Programs will appeal to all educators, administrators, psychologists, social workers and allied profeesionals looking to promote whole-person development in their students, especially those with in interest in education in China."
Contrary to traditional belief, the transition from nappy to potty can be started even before your child's first birthday - and be fully completed by the second! Katie Warren advises taking advantage of the early months - when babies do most of their communicating on an emotional level - because that's when children understand things intuitively much sooner than they understand words or actions. The author stresses the importance of a friendly, positive environment - one that lovingly encourages a child's performance on the potty - because a child responds much better to a parent's smiles, laughter and enthusiastic support than to fear and coercion. If such an atmosphere prevails whenever children are on their potties - and they are made to feel happy and proud each time they are successful in their training - then they will repeat these performances just to get that same, happy response from their parents. This is the underlying principle of Katie's method. "Potty Training Your Baby" includes information on everything to do with potty training, including dealing with those inevitable little "accidents". The material is presented in a down-to-earth fashion and is enhanced by personal flashbacks from the author's own parenting experience. Perhaps most importantly, the book shows you how to turn this often dreaded and frustrating task into a time of mutual growth and learning for both you and your child.