The perception of residents in halfway house towards social support and its implication to their decision of moving out of the house

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The perception of residents in halfway house towards social support and its implication to their decision of moving out of the house

 

Author: Fok, Chin-cho Charles
Title: The perception of residents in halfway house towards social support and its implication to their decision of moving out of the house
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1995
Subject: Mental health services -- China -- Hong Kong
Psychotherapy patients -- Services for -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Studies
Pages: 1 v. (various pagings) ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1206588
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4706
Abstract: This is a study in exploring how residents in a Halfway House perceive social support and how social support affects their decision on moving out of the House. The researcher adopts a qualitative methodology. Ten residents who are male, aged over 21, residing in Tsui Lam Halfway House were invited to participate in in-depth interviews for the study. These participants were invited from among those who have stayed in the house for over a year, concentrating on those who were scheduled to leaving the house within six months. The researcher used a semi-structured interview guide for the in-depth interviews. During the interviews, participants were encouraged to share their view on social support from their frame of mind. All interviews were taped with participants' consent and then transcribed for analysis. Findings of this study include subtleties and insights on how residents in a Halfway House perceive social support from their frame of mind and how it affects their decision on moving out of the House. From the findings of this research, Social Work practitioners can be more informed on the barriers that residents are facing upon returning to the community. It also offers a basis or suggestions in how to work with residents' supportive networks which in turn help residents to move out of the House at the end of the planned period of stay. Findings of the research also have great implication to Government policy-makers and future research, not only just to Social Work practitioners and residents' network members.

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