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A Study on the Kindergarten Stationing Services - Enhancement of Social Emotional Competencies of Preschoolers

Project Team Members Professor Leung Suk-man, Grace
Professor Wong Mei-ching, Mooly
Professor Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Duration 2017 - 2019
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society.

 

The objectives are as follows:

  1. To screen preschool children that have social emotional difficulties;
  2. To evaluate the intervention group and program for children, parents, and school personnel with the aim to facilitate children’s social emotional development;
  3. To evaluate the overarching achievement of the services in enhancing the social emotional development of children;
  4. To collect school personnel and service users’ satisfaction levels and utilization of kindergarten school social work service.

 

The research project consists of the following parts:

Study 1: Identify children with social emotional difficulties


Study 2: Evaluate the group intervention for children


Study 3: Evaluate the group intervention for parents


Study 4: Evaluate the parent-child activities


Study 5: Evaluate the overarching achievement of the services in Level II to IV


Study 6: Service users’ and school personnel’ perceived helpfulness, satisfaction level and utilization of services in Level II to IV

Funding body Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

 

A Study on Family Research in Hong Kong: A Critical Review and Annotated Bibliography

Project Team Members Professor Wong Mei-ching, Mooly
Professor Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Ms. Shirley Po-Shan WAN
Mr. Ting-Kwok IU
Dr. Lily Xia
Dr. Rhea Rui YUAN
Ms. Joyce Hui
Duration 2017 - 2018
Description

With the purpose of promoting a better understanding of the family in transition in Hong Kong and of providing directions for future policy making based on the literature, service development and research, the research team will conduct a comprehensive review of family relevant studies in Hong Kong and conduct research regarding any questions that emerge from the review, with the following specific objectives:

  1. To take stock of the research of family and family related issues conducted by the Government, tertiary institutes, think tanks, NGOs and business organizations since 2000 in Hong Kong;
  2. To give a comprehensive account of collected research materials and compile an annotated bibliography of family and family related issues in Hong Kong;
  3. To provide an in-depth analysis of the current state of family research in Hong Kong and identify gaps in the knowledge which deserve further investigation; and
  4. To propose strategic directions and recommendations for policy and research as aimed at enhancing our understanding of matters related to the family in Hong Kong.
    The research project consists of the following parts:
Funding body Central Policy Unit, the Hong Kong SAR Government

 

Evaluation Study on the Financial Social Work Training Program in Hong Kong

Project Team Members Professor Kim Minseop
Professor Zhou Huiquan Mary
Ms. Yau Ng Lai Tuen, Monica
Duration 2017 - 2020
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society.

 

This study is designed to study Hong Kong social workers’ training needs for financial social work practice, with a focus on the suitable contents and modes of the Financial Social Work (FSW) training program, and to evaluate the outcome of FWS training program, specifically, the Financial Social Work (FSW) Certification program. As such, this evaluation study will conduct both need assessments and outcome evaluations.

 

The study will adopt mixed research methods with quantitative and qualitative methods. For needs assessment, participants of FWS training program will join the focus group for investigation on their experience in the training program and training needs. Taking reference from the content of focus group, online survey will be designed for Hong Kong social workers’ completion to investigate their training needs. For outcome evaluations, it consists of on-site participant observation, focus group, and in-depth interview. Questionnaires with a single group pre/post design will also be distributed to participants of FWS training program to examine the effectiveness of the training program.

Funding body Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

 

Evaluation Study for the S-QUBE (S3) – Youth Financial Empowerment Project

Project Team Members Professor Zhou Huiquan Mary
Professor Kim Minseop
Duration 2017 - 2018
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society.

 

This study is designed to study the effectiveness of S-QUBE (S3) – Youth Financial Empowerment Project in enhancing the financial literacy of youth and parents.

 

We will focus on two parts of the project: 1) simulation game/lunch seminar/workshop for youth in secondary and tertiary education, and 2) groups for youth with special education needs (including programs for their parents). Mixed methods research with quantitative and qualitative methods will be used.

 

For the simulation game/lunch seminar/workshop, we will use single group post-test only designs, as the contact hour of the program is relatively short. The questionnaire will test to what extent they have mastered the knowledge and skills taught in the activities. In addition, students will be invited to participate in focus groups to give more opinions about their experience in the program, as well as how they apply the knowledge and skills in their daily life.

 

For the groups for youths with special education needs (including programs for their parents), we will use a quasi-experimental design with pre and post-test. Participants will receive pre-test, post-test, and follow-up surveys to assess change in knowledge, attitude and behavior. Focus groups and individual interviews will be used to solicit detailed input from the youths and their parents. Informants of the study are the service users of the programme. The results of the study may provide insights for developing an evidence-base service intervention.

Funding body Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

 

An Exploratory Study of the Proposed Family-centered Intervention for Adults with Asperger Disorder /High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Project Team Members Prof. Mooly Wong
Prof. Joyce Ma
Dr. Lily Xia
Miss Shirley Wan Po San
Mr. Iu Ting Kwok 
Duration 2017 - 2018
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and SAHK.


The objectives of the project is to examine the appropriateness of family-centered intervention and to develop treatment principles in helping families of adult members with high-functioning ASD. The team will design and develop family-centered intervention for families with one or both spouses diagnosed with high-functioning ASD (with IQ not lower than 70). Services to be offered comprise two parts: a) individual family therapy for the families, and b) one multiple family therapy (MFT)

Funding body SAHK

 

A study of the Treatment Efficacy of Multiple Family Therapy in Helping Chinese Families of Parents in Recovery of Major Depression

Project Team Members Prof. Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Prof. Lai Yee-ching, Kelly
Dr. Wan Suk-fan, Erica
Mrs. Yau Ng Lai-tuen, Monica
Ms. Sania Yau 
Duration 2016 - 2019
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

This study aims to:

  • develop a clinically useful, culturally relevant and socially effective model of practice on MFT with Chinese families with a parent or two in recovery of major depression;
  • evaluate the applicability and treatment efficacy of MFT in helping Chinese families with a parent or parents in recovery of depression; and
  • identify theories of change so developed by using the data set generated in this research including the family experiences toward MFT and their subjective experiences in the group process.
Funding body New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

 

PROGRAMME EVALUATION ON A FAMILY-CENTERED PROJECT FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Project Team Members Prof. Wong Mei-ching, Mooly
Prof. Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Mrs. Yau Ng Lai-tuen, Monica
Dr. Yuan Rui, Rhea
Dr. Xia Lili, Lily
Duration 2016 - 2018
Description

A project initiated by Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association attempts to use family-centered approach to serve poor families with children with special education needs.

The study aims at evaluating:

  • The family-centeredness of the project
  • The impacts of the project on the serving families
  • The services satisfaction level of the parents
  • The public attitude towards SEN children and their families

Also, it services for improving the services delivery model.

Funding body Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association

 

THE HONG KONG RUGBY UNION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INCLUSIVE SPORTS COACH TRAINING PROGRAMME – PHASE I

Project Team Members Prof. Siu Fung-ying, Angela
Mrs. Yau Ng Lai-tuen, Monica
Duration May 2016 – Aug 2016
Description

In view of the lack of development and opportunities of inclusive sports in Hong Kong, the programme aims at:

  • Understanding the needs of the coaches of HKRU when working with youngsters with special educational needs (SEN)
  • Providing the coaches with fundamental and essential knowledge and skills required for coaching

The objective of phase I is to develop a training plan that is appropriate for the work setting of HKRU by conducting training needs assessment.

Funding body Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation

 

A Study on Family Mediation Services in Hong Kong

Project Team Members Prof. Wong Mei-ching, Mooly
Prof. Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Ms. Lam Tze-yan
Dr. Wong Lai-cheung
Dr. Yuan Rui, Rhea
Duration 2015 - 2016
Description

The study includes two objectives:

  1. to evaluate the workability and effectiveness of family mediation services in the cultural context of Hong Kong
  2. to evaluate the cost-benefit and outcomes of HAB's Pilot Scheme

 

It adopts a mixed methods design including survey and interview. Data are collected from multiple respondents, including services users, children, family mediators, family mediation supervisors and stakeholders. The findings are used to help the Government to formulate policies that can alleviate the stress of divorcing/separating families in a more cost-effective way.

Funding body Sponsored by the Family Council and commissioned by the Central Policy Unit, HKSAR

 

Evaluation Study on The Women's Foundation's Employability Training Programme for Marginalised Women

Project Team Members Prof. Zhou Hui-quan, Mary
Mrs. Yau Ng Lai-tuen, Monica
Duration 2014 - 2017
Description The project aims:-
1. To assess the effectiveness of the programme on the following levels
  1. Individual level: (a) improving the participants' level of financial literacy and employability; (b) helping them to gain confidence and acquire knowledge and skills to pursue greater economic self-reliance; (c) enhancing the quality of life for themselves; and (d) assisting marginalised women with potential in capacity building by providing them with training to deliver financial literacy training to future generations of beneficiaries.
  2. Family level: (a) empowering the families; and (2) improving the quality of life of the families.
  3. Community level: (a) building network of businesses which are motivated to help marginalised women in poverty to stand on their own feet; and (b) establishing a social support network for marginalized women.
2. To examine the perceptions and experiences of the participants in the programme.
3. To investigate the factors conducive to the success of the programme.
4. To explore the long-term influences on individuals and the communities.
5. To evaluate the sustainability of the programme model for marginalised women and explore its applicability to other women's groups.
6. To look into the underlying root causes for the feminisation of poverty and shedding light on effective approaches and measures to deal with the issue.
Funding body The Women's Foundation, Hong Kong

 

 

Completed Project

2015 to 2016 Evaluation Study on Investor Education Centre Workplace Financial Education Programme
2013 to 2015 A Study of the Efficacy of an Indigenous Multi-family Groups for Chinese Families in Hong Kong with Children Suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
2013 to 2015 Training project on family-centered practice with cancer patients for Hong Kong Cancer fund
2012 to 2014 Family-centre Practice Research for S.K.H. St. Christopher's Home
2012 to 2014 Phase 2 of Shandong Project:
Research Project on the Development of Family-centered Services Model in Working with Youth and Families in China
2011 to 2014 Evaluation Study on The Women's Foundation's Financial Literacy Programme for Marginalised Women
2011 to 2012 Research on Work-family Balance of Full-time Employees in Hong Kong
2010 to 2012 Phase 1 of Shandong Project:
Research on Social Work Intervention and Education in Shandong
2007 to 2011 Project on Family Therapy and Eating Disorder in Shenzhen, China
2008 to 2010 Projects on Multiple Family Groups
2009 Evaluation on Effectiveness of Treatment Group Using Strategies and Skills Learning and Development (SSLD) and Mindfulness Practice on Chinese Adults with Insomnia
2009 Harmony Praxis Project

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