In this chapter we examine changes in university students after participating in a 3.5-day intensive Service Leadership course incorporated in a leadership training program conducted in mainland China. Participants recruited from three universities in Hong Kong and mainland China were invited to complete a questionnaire before (pre-test), immediately after (post-test), and 12 days after (follow-up test) the course, with outcome indicators including positive youth development, life satisfaction, service leadership beliefs and qualities. Results indicated a stable trend of improvement on these indicators over the three times of assessment. Students had significant or marginally significant higher scores at post-test and they scored significantly higher on all indicators at followup test. Despite absence of a control group and relative short interval between follow-up test and post-test, results suggest that the intensive service leadership course was effective in promoting students’ positive youth development and enhancing their understanding and qualities of service leadership as well as life satisfaction.
|Title of host publication||Education in Hong Kong: Service Leadership for University Students|
|Editors||Daniel T.L. SHEK, Cecilia M.S. MA, Li LIN, Joav MERRICK|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2016|
|Name||Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers|
Bibliographical noteThis work and the condensed Service Leadership Program are financially supported by the Victor and William Fung Foundation. This chapter is a revised and adapted version of an earlier publication in the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health.
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