LAM Ching Man 林靜雯

Research Projects


  • Consultancy Study on the Promotion of Parent Education
  • TAM Wai Ming Frank, CHENG Hon Man Roger, HO Sui Chu LAM Ching Man (Dept of Social Work), MA Lai Chong (Dept of Social Work)
    1 April 2001
    Education Department, Hong Kong SAR Government

    Understanding that parents are the earliest and closest mentors of their offspring and that their views, values and attitudes would produce great impact on children's development, promoting parent education has been accorded high priority by the Hong Kong SAR Government. The emphasis of the education reform on cultural changes and parental participation accentuates the urgency of the task.
    The (present) study is conducted to obtain information to make recommendations to the government on the contents, direction, policy of parent education as well as the mechanism to bring all community resources together for its promotion.
    The objectives of the study are as follows:
    (1) To take stock of how parent education is promoted in Hong Kong at present;
    (2) To find out the underlying rationale and focus of the organizations providing parent education in Hong Kong at present;
    (3) To find out the needs of parents with offspring from 0 to 15 years of age for parent education, including the contents, format, timing, arrangement, etc.;
    (4) To look for effective practices in neighboring countries which are adaptable in Hong Kong; and
    (5) To make recommendations, based on the findings of the study, on the contents, direction, policy of parent education as well as the mechanism to bring all community resources together for its promotion. (SS20015)


  • Consultancy Study on the Promotion of Parent Education for Economically Disadvantaged and Hard-to-Reach Families in Hong Kong
  • LAM Ching Man, TAM Wai Ming Frank (Educational Administration & Policy), LEUNG Tse Fong Terry
    1 March 2006
    Commission on Poverty, HKSAR

    The study explores policies for supporting economically disadvantaged and hard-to-reach families in Hong Kong. Given the crucial role of family and parenting in child development, it is important to ensure that policies for tackling poverty should take the special circumstances of economically disadvantaged families into consideration. The objectives of the study are: (1) to review on how parent education is conducted in Hong Kong by schools, government clinics, and social services agencies, with a focus on economically disadvantaged and hard-to-reach families; (2) to identify the needs of hard-to-reach parents with offspring from 0 to 15 years of age for parent education; (3) to make recommendations, based on the findings of the study, on the possible ways to support the parents in performance of their parenting role, and the contents, modes of delivery, structure of parent education for economically disadvantaged and hard-to-reach parents. (SS05306)


  • Cough Medicine Abuse among Young People in Hong Kong
  • SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, NGAI Sek Yum, LAM Ching Man
    1 February 2004
    Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

    A survey of the literature shows that there is a severe lack of validated Chinese measures of parent-adolescent communication in Hong Kong. There are two objectives of this project. The first objective of the project is to develop two measures of parent-adolescent communication, including: 1) a measure of specific parent-adolescent communication on seven process dimensions (frequency, initiation, recognition, self-disclosure, domination, emotional responses, and evaluation) over theoretically and empirically derived content areas (including academic achievement, peer relations, family issues and proper behavior); 2) a measure that attempts to assess the global qualities of parent-adolescent communication, such as empathy and trust in communication. The second objective of the project is to validate the two measures developed in this study. Two studies will be carried out to validate the measures developed. First, a known group comparison method will be carried out to examine the discriminant validity of the measures. Second, a test-retest reliability study will be carried out to examine the validity and reliability of the developed measures. The validated tools can help clinical practitioners to assess parent-adolescent communication in practice settings. Researchers can also use the developed tools to examine profiles of parent-adolescent communication in families with adolescents in Hong Kong. (SS03355)


  • Development and Evaluation of Positive Youth Development Programs in Hong Kong (Phase II)
  • SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, LAM Ching Man, LAU Siu Ying Patrick (Educational Psychology), SUN Chui Fun, Hing Keung MA*, LEE Tak Yan*, TSANG Sandra*, HUI Eadaoin*, SIU Andrew*
    1 January 2005
    The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

    This project attempts to develop positive youth development programs for Secondary 1 and Secondary 3 students in Hong Kong. The additional components of the project as: 1) implementation of the project; 2) meta-analyses of the research findings; 3) translation of the curricula; and 4) dissemination of the research findings. (SS04748)


  • Development and Validation of Measures of Parent-adolescent Communication in Hong Kong
  • SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, LAM Ching Man, LEE Tak Yan*
    15 July 2003
    Wofoo Foundation Limited

    A survey of the literature shows that there is a severe lack of validated Chinese measures of parent-adolescent communication in Hong Kong. There are two objectives of this project. The first objective of the project is to develop two measures of parent-adolescent communication, including: 1) a measure of specific parent-adolescent communication on seven process dimensions (frequency, initiation, recognition, self-disclosure, domination, emotional responses, and evaluation) over theoretically and empirically derived content areas (including academic achievement, peer relations, family issues and proper behavior); 2) a measure that attempts to assess the global qualities of parent-adolescent communication, such as empathy and trust in communication. The second objective of the project is to validate the two measures developed in this study. Two studies will be carried out to validate the measures developed. First, a known group comparison method will be carried out to examine the discriminant validity of the measures. Second, a test-retest reliability study will be carried out to examine the validity and reliability of the developed measures. The validated tools can help clinical practitioners to assess parent-adolescent communication in practice settings. Researchers can also use the developed tools to examine profiles of parent-adolescent communication in families with adolescents in Hong Kong. (SS03547)


  • A Pilot Exploration of Policies for Strengthening Family Functioning in Hong Kong
  • NGAI Sek Yum, TANG Kwong Leung, LAM Mong Chow Amy, LAM Ching Man, CHEUNG Chau Kiu
    15 March 2005
    Central Policy Unit, Hong Kong SAR Government

    This study explores policies for strengthening family functioning in Hong Kong. These include immediate, short-term, educational, regulative, preventive, remedial, developmental, individual-based, and community-based policies covering aspects of social welfare, immigration, population, and labor, among others. The primary strength of the study is that it draws on social work (front-line and supervisory) and social science expertise, particularly dealing with family issues. Such expertise guides the identification and assessment of policies in terms of their effectiveness and the feasibility of their implemenation. The study employs data and information collected from focus groups, a follow-up survery, and literature review to propose polcies for further examination. (SS04942)


  • Poverty Problem and Poverty Alleviation Work in Shum Shui Po District: A Need-Based and Asset-Based Analysis
  • WONG Hung, LAM Ching Man
    24 December 2004
    Concern Poverty Problem Working Group, Shum Shui Po District Council

    Sham Shui Po is the poorest district in Hong Kong in terms of median household income and number of poor people. This research will utilize both need-based and asset-based approach in analyzing the poverty problem and poverty alleviation work in Sham Shui Po District. This research will use need-based approach to examine the need and characteristics of the poor residents in Sham Shui Po District and especially those live in the poorest locality. This research will also utilize asset-based approach to examine poverty alleviating ability, strength and social capital of the NGOs, community organizations, residents in Sham Shui Po, to portrait the community profile of Sham Shui Po under the asset-based perspective for further poverty alleviation work. (SS04727)


  • Racial Discrimination in Hong Kong: Prevalence, Impacts and Coping Strategies
  • TANG Kwong Leung, LAM Ching Man, LAM Mong Chow Amy, NGAI Sek Yum
    20 November 2003
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Hong Kong, with its 6.7 million population, has witnessed a sizeable growth of ethnic and racial groups in the last decade. This study will examine the prevalence and impacts of racial discrimination in Hong Kong as well as the coping strategies used by ethnic minorities in managing the stressful effects of racial discrimination. Racial discrimination is an issue of growing concern partly due to its nature – violations of human rights, the extent of social costs as well as psychological impairments incurred to those who are affected. In this study, a survey of 150 ethnic minorities will be conducted, along with in-depth interviews of key informants. In addition, two focus groups comprising social service professionals and human rights activists will be conducted. The main goal of the focus groups is to explore policy and service action that is needed to deal with this issue. This study will be significant in several respects. Firstly, the issue of racial discrimination has captured the attention of the Hong Kong SAR Government, human rights activists and world community. Findings of the study will also be of interest to academics, social service professionals and policy-makers. Secondly, the survey would inform us about the ethnic minorities’ perceptions of the problem and their coping strategies. Finally, findings from this study can form a valuable base for developing into a large-scale opinion survey on racial discrimination in Hong Kong. (SS03405)



Research Publications


  • "Adolescent cough medicine abuse in Hong Kong: Implications for the design of positive youth development programs in Hong Kong". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel) International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health vol.18 no.3, Israel: Freud Publishing House Ltd, 2006. pp.493-503.



  • "Adolescent cough medicine abuse in Hong Kong: Implications for the design of psoitive youth development programs in Hong Kong". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel) Positive Youth Development: Development of a Pioneering Program in a Chinese Context ed. by D.T.J. Shek, H.K. Ma, & J. Merrick. London, United Kingdom: Freund Publishing Company, 2007. pp.25-36.



  • "Beliefs about Cough Medicine Abuse Among Chinese Young People in Hong Kong". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel) Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal vol.36 no.1, 2008. p.135-144.



  • "Community Partnership for Family Empowerment: The Hong Kong Model". (co-authored with TAM Wai Ming Frank) Paper presented in the Fifth National Parenting Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2002.11.



  • "Consultancy study on the promotion of parent education for economically disadvantaged and hard-to-reach families.". (co-authored with TAM Wai Ming Frank and LEUNG Tse Fong Terry) Conference on strengthening Hong Kong’s families - Awareness, Commitment and Action. Hong Kong SAR: H K Government, 2006.09. pp.68.



  • Cough Medicine Absue among Young People in Hong Kong. (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel and NGAI Sek Yum) Hong Kong SAR: Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, 2004.06.



  • "Evaluation of Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong: Utilization of Student Weekly Diary". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, SUN Chui Fun, LUNG Wai Man and LO Sui Chung) The Scientific World Journal: TSW Holistic Health and Medicine vol.8. 2008. pp.13-21.



  • "Frequency, quality and satisfaction dimensions of perceived parent-adolescent communication among Chinese adolescent in Hong Kong". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel and LEE Tak Yan) Trends in Behavioral Psychology Research ed. by R.L. Marrowlin. United States of America: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2007. pp.17-33.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL BF76.5 .T74 2007)



  • "Frequency, satisfaction and quality dimensions of perceived parent-adolescent communication among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, LEE Britta Mailynn and LEE Tak Yan) International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health vol.18 no.2, Israel: Freund Publishing House Ltd., 2006. pp.259-270.



  • "In search of the meaning of parent education in the Hong Kong-Chinese context". Contemporary issues in parenting ed. by Melissa J. Kane. United States of America: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2005.12. pp.111-124.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HQ755.8 .C6546 2005)



  • "P.A.T.H.S. to Adulthood: The positive youth Development program in Hong Kong.". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel) Paper presented in the VIIIth International Conference on Youth and Childhoods. Lucknow, India, 2007.11.



  • "Parent Adolescent Communication and Adjusstment in Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, TANG Mun Yu and LEE Britta Mailynn) Paper presented in the Social work symposium: Knowledge, Paractice in Chinese Societies - Challenges Ahead, organized by Social Work Department, CUHK, HKSAR, 2003.12.



  • "The Promotion of Parent Education in Hong Kong". (co-authored with TAM Wai Ming Frank, HO Sui Chu; CHENG Hon Man Roger and MA Lai Chong) A consultancy study final report. Hong Kong SAR: Board of Education, HKSAR, 2001.



  • "Psychological Adjustment of Chinese Adolescents with Economic Disadvantages: A Pioneer Longitudinal Study in Hong Kong". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, LAM Mong Chow Amy, TANG Mun Yu and TSOI Kcon Wah) Hong Kong Journal of Social Work vol.37 no.1, Hong Kong SAR, 2003. pp.97-100.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HKS Periodical HV1 .H68 v.37-39, 2003-05)



  • "A qualitative study of cough medicine abuse among Chinese young people in Hong Kong". (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel) Journal of Substance Use vol.11 no.4, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis, 2006. pp.233-244.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical W1 .J9172 v.11, 2006; Available Online)



  • Racial discrimination in Hong Kong: Prevalence and impact. (co-authored with TANG Kwong Leung, LAM Mong Chow Amy and NGAI Sek Yum ) Hong Kong SAR: CUHK, 2006.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Oversize DS796.H79 A275 2006; UL HK Studies DS796.H79 A275 2006 c.2)



  • Report on Pilot Study of Policies for Strengthening Family Functioning in Hong Kong. (co-authored with NGAI Sek Yum, TANG Kwong Leung, LAM Mong Chow Amy and CHEUNG Chau-kiu) Hong Kong, 2005.



  • "Repositioning risk in social work education: Reflections arising from the threat of SARS to social work students in Hong Kong during their field practicum". (co-authored with LEUNG Tse Fong Terry and WONG Hung) Social Work Education vol.26 no.4, London, United Kingdom: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), 2006. pp.389-398.



  • 《如何制定減少跨代貧窮的社會政策》(與鄧廣良合編),香港:香港中文大學香港亞太硏究所,2005。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL H62.5.H6 H62 no.161 c.2; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.161)



  • 《兒童信託基金 : 推行策略及各方的承擔》(與鄧廣良合編),香港:中文大學香港亞太研究所,2008。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HG179 .E7 2008 c.2; UL HK Studies HG179 .E7 2008)



  • 《品德敎育:活動敎材手册》,香港:香港社會工作者總工會,1985。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies LC315.H6 P55; CC LC315.H6 P55 c.2)



  • 《深水埗區貧窮問題及扶貧工作現況 : 以「需要為本」及「資產為本」的分析硏究報告》(與黃洪合編,由深水埗區議會關注貧窮問題工作小組委託),香港:深水埗區議會,2005。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Gov Document HN754.S6 H83 2005; UL Oversize HN754.S6 H83 2005 c.2)



  • 《新來港人士家庭工作計劃 : 10/1998至3/2000中期檢討報告》(計劃報告撰寫及整理傅淑賢, 鄧佩珊),香港: 香港小童群益會新來港人士家庭工作計劃:香港中文大學社會工作系,2000。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Oversize HV4013.H6 L55 2000; UL HK Studies HV4013.H6 L55 2000 c.2)



  • <新來港家庭的壓力、適應及能力:服務計劃評估研究> (與莫邦豪合著), Advances in Social Welfare in Hong Kong ed. by Daniel T. L. Shek, Lam M. C., Au, C. F. Lee, J.J. Hong Kong SAR: The Chinese University Press, 2002. pp.295-309.



  • 《新香港人士家庭工作計劃─服務檢討報告》(與莫邦豪合著),香港特別行政區, 2002.03.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Oversize HV4013.H6 L552 2002 c.2; UL HK Studies HV4013.H6 L552 2002)


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