Exploratory study on Hong Kong Chinese gay couples

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Exploratory study on Hong Kong Chinese gay couples


Author: Cheung, Anna Yin-wai
Title: Exploratory study on Hong Kong Chinese gay couples
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1997
Subject: Gays -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Studies
Pages: 99, [84] leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1403367
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1532
Abstract: The present study has adopted a qualitative in-depth case study approach to study four gay couples. The findings revealed one distinct issue has been encountered by gay couples in the local gay community. It is the issue on sexuality - monogamy or open relationship. The findings also revealed that the values in the gay sub-culture are not conducive to long term relationship. The lack of role models and the lack of family and social support are also roadblocks to a lasting relationship. Comparing to overseas experiences, our local gay couples encountered similar related experiences. Gay couples have to negotiate their way through monogamy or open relationship with their partners. The gay sub-culture is focused on youth, singlehood and the belief that relationships are doom to fail. The lack of role models further fosters this belief and the lack of support from family and community discourages the couple to have a life together. Several recommendations for social work intervention have been suggested. First, social services especially targeted for gay couples and persons with different sexual orientations are required. Second, training for social service providers is essential and information on homosexuality and gay lifestyle must be included in the training of social workers. Third, public education is needed to correct misconceptions and fears of homosexuality. Social workers can assume the role of educators by educating the public on issues related to homosexuality. Fourth, social workers can also assume the role of advocators in promoting an equal and just society for all.

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