Author: Cheung, Chi-chuen Leo
Title: Job-specific social skills training programme for people with severe mental illness in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Phil.
Year: 2005
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Mentally ill -- Services for -- China -- Hong Kong
Mentally ill -- Employment -- China -- Hong Kong
Social skills
Department: Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: 165, [299] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Abstract: Background: Literature has shown that people with severe mental illness (SMI) experience deficits in social skills and social competencies which affect their performance in getting and keeping a job. However, there was a scarcity of studies on social skill needed in the workplace. This study aimed at developing a Job-specific Social Skills Training (JSST) based on the conceptual framework of Work-related Social Skills and Work-related Social Skills Training (WSST) programme in psychiatric rehabilitation (Tsang, 2001b; Tsang & Pearson, 1996) in order to further improve employment outcomes of individuals with SMI in Hong Kong. A control study was carried out to assess its efficacy. Method: In Phase One of the study, factor structure of relevant Job-specific SoCial Skills Components (JSSC) required by salespersons which may contribute to successful employment of consumers was identified by exploratory factor analysis of results of a questionnaire survey. The respondents consisted of 106 salespersons from the retail market. In Phase Two. the JSST module for consumers who have a vocational goal working as salespersons was developed. The content of the module follows the factor structure results in Phase One. Five skill areas are covered in the module. In Phase Three, a control study was conducted to test the efficacy of the module. An Integrated Social Skills Training group (WSST with JSST) (n=37) was compared with two historical comparison groups conducted by Tsang and Pearson (2001), a training group with WSST only (n=30), and a control group (n=41). Results: Comparisons of the pre-treatment and post-treatment assessment results among the three groups, using a series of work-related social skills assessments and vocational follow-up questionnaire, showed that the Integrated Social Skills Training group (WSST with JSST) was effective in improving work-related social skills of participants in a larger progress. Vocational follow-up assessment after three-month completion of the training showed that the integrated training group had the most participants (70.3%) who were employed when compared with the previous results (WSST group = 46.7%; control group = 2.4%) done by Tsang and Pearson (2001). Conclusion: This study substantiated that the training module of JSST used as an Integrated Social Skills Training with WSST is efficacious in improving the work-related social skills and the chance of open employment of people with SMI in Hong Kong.
Access: open access

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