The most recent research study in 2016, led by Dr. Anna Marie Aquino and Robert Sampson, was conducted in an effort to find a correlation between the Partici-Patrick Program and positive character traits/virtues in participating students. The purpose of their research study was to investigate the effects the Partici-Patrick Program has on students in Grades 4-6 in terms of their sense of self-worth and esteem, their development assets and their condition of mental wellness.

“Findings suggest that the Partici-Patrick Program may benefit students with low self-concept by improving their assessment of their abilities with respect to intellectual and academic tasks, as well as general satisfactions with school. Further the Partici-Patrick program may also help students with low self-concept to have a more positive appraisal of their physical appearance, confidence with leadership roles in school, confidence in knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS; and making healthy lifestyle choices.”

See full publication here: Partici-Patrick and Values Education, Developmental Assets, Self-Worth and Self Esteem in Grade 4-6 Students

The collection of information to demonstrate the effectiveness of Patrick 4 Life programs is a critical element of Patrick 4 Life activities. To this end, with the financial support of the AIDS Bureau of Ontario, a qualitative study was conducted by William Boyce, Queen’s University in 2009 to measure the effectiveness of the Partici-Patrick program. Several interesting outcomes surfaced from this study. Parents, students, teachers and administrators participated in the study. Methods of information collection included questionnaires and focus groups. The findings from this experience demonstrated that there was complete satisfaction among parents, teachers, administrators and students with the program. A most interesting outcome was that students emerged from this program with an increased sense of self-worth and confidence.

See full publication here: “Evaluation of the Partici-Patrick Programme,” William Boyce, Queens University (2009)

A recent study measures the impact of the Partici-Patrick program and conducted by Dr. Michael McCabe is now published in the Physical and Health Education Journal, Vol. 80, No.4.

Presently, a new study is presently being conducted and is designed to measure the developmental assets adopted by student participants in the Partici-Patrick program as well as their self-esteem and resilience.

A second research study was conducted in 2012 which was primarily a quantitative study.  It collected data regarding elementary school students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes about HIV and AIDS. Approximately 1000 students participated in this project.  It also included data collected from teachers, administrators and parents.  The primary researcher was Dr. Michael McCabe, Nipissing University. This study demonstrated that HIV/AIDS knowledge was significantly higher among participants of the Partici-Patrick program versus non-participants.

This research initiative was funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN).

See full publication here: “McCabe, M., Brewer C., Wideman-Johnson, T., and Anabell, K., (2014) Partici-Patrick: Integrating HIV/AIDS Education with DPA and Character Education in Ontario Schools, Physical and Health Education Canada Journal, Winter 2014.

A third analysis of this research refined the data collected in the McCabe study and demonstrated the progression of knowledge and skills from Grades 3 to 8.  It also addressed the comfort level of students and teachers engaged in the Partici-Patrick program.

See full publication here: “How an Integrated Approach to HIV/AIDS Education in Elementary Schools can Influence Student Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour,” Sean Rourke, OHTN; Robert Sampson, Patrick 4 Life (2013)