Prof. Ngai Sek-yum, Steven


Chairperson & Professor

BSocSc (HKU); MSW, PhD (CUHK); RSW 3943 7512
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Specialty and Research Interests

In recent years, I teach social work courses including Philosophy and Principles of Social Work, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, as well as Social Theories, Social Welfare and Social Work. My current research interests are in the areas of life and career development of disadvantaged youth, mutual aid and youth empowerment, and service learning and leadership development. In total, I have published over 180 articles on these areas, including 138 refereed publications in journals, books and conference proceedings. Since 2000, I have conducted 32 research projects. Among them, four are funded by RGC Competitive Earmarked Research Grant (CERG) or RGC General Research Fund (GRF) in the 2004-05, 2007-08, 2009-10, and 2016-17 exercises, and another 23 commissioned by government bureaus/NGOs in Hong Kong or Macau. Given my ongoing efforts and remarkable performance in teaching and research, I received CUHK Faculty of Social Science Exemplary Teaching Award in 2000, CUHK Research Excellence Award in 2011, and CUHK University Education Award in 2014.


Curriculum Vitae

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Selected Publications

  • Ngai, S.S.Y., Cheung, C.K., & Ng, Y.H. (2018). Drug use history as a moderator of the effects of virtuous orientation on the realization of drug harm in youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 95, 1–11.
  • Ngai, S.S.Y., Cheung, C.K., Xie, L., Ng, Y.H., Ngai, H.L., Liu, Y., & Ho, J.C.M. (2018). Psychometric properties of the Parental Bonding Instrument: Data from a Chinese adolescent sample in Hong Kong. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 2112–2124.
  • Ngai, S.S.Y., Xie, L., Ng, Y.H., & Ngai, H.L. (2018). The effects of parenting behavior on prosocial behavior of Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. Children and Youth Services Review, 87, 154–162.
  • Yuan R., & Ngai, S.S.Y. (2018). Generating identity capital from family capital and personal agency: A mediation analysis. Journal of Adult Development. Advance Online Publication. 2018.06
  • Ngai, S.S.Y., & Xie, L. (2018). Toward a validation of the Prosocial Tendencies Measure among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. Child Indicators Research, 11, 1281–1299.
  • Cheung, C.K., & Ngai, S.S.Y. (2017). Predicting drug-free days among at-risk youth. Journal of Social Work, 17, 599–615.
  • Ngai, S.S.Y., Cheung, C.K., & Yuan, R. (2016). Effects of vocational training on unemployed youths’ work motivation and work engagement: Mediating roles of training adequacy and self-actualization. Children and Youth Services Review, 63, 93-110.
  • Ngai, S.S.Y., Cheung, C.K., Yuan, R., & Lin, S. (2016). Work motivation of unemployed youths: Moderating effects of financial dependence on parents. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 157–165.
  • Yuan, R., & Ngai, S.S.Y. (2016). Agentic personality as mediator of social capital on developmental outcomes in the transition to adulthood: Evidence from Shanghai, China. Journal of Adolescence, 46, 1-13.
  • Cheung, C.K., & Ngai, S.S.Y. (2016). Reducing deviance through youths’ mutual aid group dynamics. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60, 82-98.


Selected Projects

  • 2019-22 - Principal Investigator – “MEL Institute Project: Certificate Training cum Mentored Practicum Augmented by an e-Learning Knowledge Hub” granted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust ($13,303,372)
  • 2018-20 - Principal Investigator – “Enhancing Competence in Anti-drug Work among Practitioners and Students of Social Work and Healthcare Professions: An Integrated Humanistic and Cognitive-Behavioral Training Program with Focus on High-risk Youth and Drug Rehabilitation Service Settings” granted by the Beat Drugs Fund Association ($946,910)
  • 2017-19 - Principal Investigator – “Mutual Aid among Young People with Chronic Illness” granted by the Research Grant Council ($854,424)
  • 2016-18 - Principal Investigator – “An Integrated Humanistic and Cognitive-Behavioural Training Program to Promote Effective and Sustained Anti-Drug Work among Practitioners and Students of Social Work and Healthcare Professions” granted by the Beat Drugs Fund Association ($817,650)
  • 2016-17 - Principal Investigator – “Evaluation Study of Student Counselling Service in Macao” granted by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, Macao SAR Government ($871,130)
  • 2015-18 - Principal Investigator – “Research on Cyber Youth Outreach Project: Engaging Youth at Risk from Social Exclusion to Social Inclusion” granted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust ($1,170,000)


Teaching Award

  • Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award (2000), Faculty of Social Science, CUHK
  • University Education Award (2014), CUHK


Research Award

  • Research Excellence Award (2011), CUHK