Author: Ng, Yiu-fai
Title: An exploratory study on the roles of social workers in child psychiatric rehabilitation services in Hong Kong
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2001
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Mentally ill children -- Rehabilitation -- China -- Hong Kong
Mentally ill children -- Services for -- China -- Hong Kong
Psychiatric social work -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Department of Applied Social Sciences
Pages: ix, 121, [18] leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: This study is the first attempt in Hong Kong to investigate the role behaviours of social workers in child psychiatric rehabilitation services. The purpose of this study was to examine the role behaviours, both enacted and expected, of local social workers in child psychiatric rehabilitation services, and to investigate a number of personal and organizational factors that affect the role behaviours of these social workers. In this study, the role of social workers in child psychiatric rehabilitation services in Hong Kong was interpreted as the following behaviours/activites: (1) Assessor, (2) Referrer, (3) Counselor,(4) Therapist, (5) Coordinator, (6) Educator, (7) Advocator, and (8) Researcher. The study employed the cross-sectional survey method. A questionnaire was developed for collection of data. Respondents were recruited in an indirect method by two-stages. A total of 86 social workers participated in the study, which covered 39.3% of the target population. Findings showed that the most frequently enacted role was the 'Counselor' role, and the least frequently enacted role was the 'Researcher' role. Respondents also expected toper form the 'Counselor' role most but expected to perform the 'Researcher' role least. The results also indicated that significant difference existed between the enacted and the expected role behaviours in general, and between some individual enacted and expected role behaviours. Significant difference was also found in the following role behaviours across different types of service: (1) the enacted 'Assessor' role, (2) the expected 'Assessor' role, (3) the expected 'Referrer' role, (4) the enacted 'Therapist' role, and (5) the enacted 'Advocator' role. Results of the study indicated that positive and significant relationships did exist between some personal/organizational factors and a number of role behaviours. On the other hand, negative and significant relationship was also found between the number of staff of the social workers' service unit and the enacted 'Educator' role, as well as the expected 'Coordinator' role and the expected 'Educator' role. Furthermore, no significant relationship was found between the social worker's qualification and the role behaviours. The discrepancy in the social workers' enacted and expected role behaviours seem to suggest that social workers might face restrictions in role performance. Their enacted and expected role patterns could be a reflection of the work nature of the service unit and/or a reflection of the workers' personal preferences. Besides, it also reflected a battle of expending time between the 'clinical', hence professional, activities and the general or 'non-clinical' activities in their daily practice. Further implications of the findings were discussed, contributions of the present study on the practice of social work in the child psychiatric rehabilitation services in Hong Kong and the training of social workers were outlined, and the directions for future research were suggested.
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