MA Lai Chong 馬麗莊

Research Projects


  • Comparative Studies on Economic Development and Women’s Family Status in Chinese Societies - Hong Kong Study
  • LAU Yuk King, MA Lai Chong, CHAN Ying Keung (Dept of Sociology)
    1 November 2001
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    To inform the social work practice with women in Hong Kong, the study aims to study the relationship of economic development and family status of women in Hong Kong. It examines the family structures in Hong Kong and the possible different situations of women in relation to the different family structures. Measuring the family structure also helps to illuminate the extent of the traditional patriarchal values persists in Hong Kong Chinese families. Another focus of the study is exploring the interplay of different cultural and structural factors, which associate with different employment patterns of women in Hong Kong, as well as the relationship of the employment patterns with women.s well being in terms of their family status. (SS01866)


  • 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)


  • Public Perception on Health Care Policy in Hong Kong
  • MA Lai Chong, LEUNG Chi Ming Michael (Dept of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics), WONG Tai Wai*
    1 April 2001
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The project aims to conduct a telephone poll to understand the public perception of the Government's health policy and recent reform initiatives. In the last few years, different health financing proposals have been raised by the Government from time to time. It seems that the Government intend to retreat her commitment to health care service provision and let the service users take up more responsibility. Whether the general public is aware of this policy trend and how they perceive it are worth investigating. (SS00970)



Research Publications


  • "Book review of the book "Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage: Professional Practice in Hong Kong" written by Katherine Young and Anita Fok". Hong Kong Journal of Social Work vol.40 no.1 & 2 Hong Kong, China: World Science, 2006. p. 153-155.



  • "The Comparison of Labor Force Participation of Married Women and Men in Hong Kong: A Family Life Cycle Perspective" (co-authored with LAU Yuk King and CHAN Ying Keung). Paper presented in the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. Hawaii, United States of America, 2003.06.13.



  • "Decision making process of Hong Kong Chinese families seeking Child and adolescent psychiatric consultation-A qualitative study" (co-authored with LAI Yee Ching Kelly and PUN Shuk Han). Paper presented in the 3rd International Conference of Social Work in Health and Mental Health Tampere, Finland, 2001.07.03.



  • "Division of Labour in Hong Kong Families: Reflections and Challenges for Social Work" (與劉玉 及陳膺強合著),. Journal of Social Work Practice and Evaluation 第2卷第7期,Hon g Kong, China, 2003, p. 3-29.



  • Economic Dfficulties and Hong Kong People's FamiyLife--Im plications for Social Work Practice (co-authored with王家英及劉玉). Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK, 2003.07.



  • "Help-seeking Experiences of Hong Kong Chinese Families Seeking Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Consultation -- a Qualitative Study" (co-authored with PUN S H and LAI Yee Ching Kelly). Hong Kong Journal of Mental Health vol.33 no.1&2, Hong Kong SAR, 2004. pp.20-41.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical W1 .H56)



  • "Hong Kong" (co-authored with NG Emil Man Lun). International Encyclopedia of Sexuality vol.4, New York, USA: Continuum International Publishing Group Inc, 2001. pp.216-245.



  • "Hong Kong residents working in Mainland China: Work-related separation and family-friendly employment policies" (co-authored with LAU Yuk King, CHAN Ying Keung and HE Li Ping). International Employment Relations Review vol.12 no.2, Australia: International Employment Relations Assocation, 2006. pp.78-90.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Labor Force Participation of Married Women in Hong Kong: A Feminist Perspective" (co-authored with LAU Yuk King and CHAN Ying Keung). Journal of Comparative Family Studies vol.37 no.1, Calgary, Canada, 2006. pp.93-112.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical HQ1.J44 v.37, 2006; Available Online)



  • "Meaning of adolescent shoplifting: A case study of a Hong Kong Chinese family". Journal of Family Social Work vol.5 no.4, USA, 2001. pp.69-84.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical HV1.J545 v.5, 2000-01)



  • "Outcome of Family Therapy for Chinese Adolescents Suffering from Self-starvation in Hong Kong" (co-authored with LAI Yee Ching Kelly). 7th Interanational Eating Disorders Conference 2005.04.



  • "Parenting Distress and Parental investment of Hong Kong Chinese Parents with a Child Having an Emotional or Behavioral Problem: A Qualitative Study" (co-authored with LAI Yee Ching Kelly and PUN Shuk Han). Child and Family Social Work vol. 7, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd, 2002. pp.99-106.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical HV701 .C48 v.7, 2002)



  • "Perceived treatment effectiveness of family therapy for Chinese adolescence suffering from self-starvation in Hong Kong" (co-authored with LAI Yee Ching Kelly). International Society for Psychotherapy Research Meeting 2005.07.



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



  • "Reappraisal of Family-centred Social Work in Hong Kong". Caritas Hong Kong ed. b y Caritas Hong Kong. Hong Kong, China, 2003. pp.83-101.



  • "A resilience perspective on family adjustment to cross-border work arrangements of Hong Kong residents" (co-authored with LAU Yuk King, CHAN Ying Keung and HE Li Ping). China Journal of Social Work vol.1 no.3, 2008. pp.208-220.



  • "Supporting Hong Kong families with parents working in the Mainland" (co-authored with Lau Yuk King, CHAN Ying Keung and HE Li Ping). Symposium on family and family interventions across different cultures. Hong Kong, 2007.05.18.



  • 〈香港的跨境「包二奶」現象與社會福利界的回應〉(與譚少薇合著),Occasional Paper No. 182,香港:香港亞太研究所,2007。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL H62.5.H6 H62 no.182 c.2; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.182)



  • 〈香港家庭有關老師奉養的安排:養兒防老抑或自求多福〉(與劉玉  及陳膺強合著),《華人婦女家庭地位:台灣、天津、上海、香港之比較》,伊慶春、陳玉華編,中國北京:社會科學文獻出版社,2006.06,頁269-306。



  • 〈香港家庭的家務分工模式:社會工作的反思與挑戰〉(與劉玉瓊及陳膺強合著),《社會工作實踐及評估學刊》,第2期,香港特別行政區:香港浸會大學社會學系,2003.07,頁3 – 29。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies HV416 .S53 no.2, 2003)



  • 《香港華人家庭健康》(與王家英合著), Occasional Paper No.189,香港特別行政區:香港亞太研究所,2007。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.189)



  • 《香港華人家庭健康和個人身心健康的關係》(與王家英、劉玉瓊及盤淑嫻合著),香港特別行政區:香港中文大學,香港亞太研究所,2007.06。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.188)



  • 〈特區政府醫療政策的評估:香港市民的觀點〉 (與王家英、黃大偉及王卓祺合著),香港:香港中文大學香港亞太研究所,2002.04。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL H62.5.H6 H62 no.124; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.124 c.2)



  • 〈從女性主義看二十一世紀香港婦女在家庭的角色:家庭社會工作的反思及啟示〉(與劉玉及陳膺強合著),《2002兩岸四地社會福利學術研討會論文集》,香港特別行政區:財團法人中華文化社會福利事業基金會,2002.10.26,頁422-433。



  • 〈港人北上工作所引致的家庭適應及其對策〉(與劉玉瓊、 陳膺強及賀立平合著),論文發表於《第三屆社會意向與社會指標調查研討會》,主辦機構為中央研究院社會學研究所,台灣台北市,2006.09.01。



  • 《經濟困難下香港市民的家庭生活狀況及人生態度:社會工作介入的啟示》(與王家英及劉玉合著),香港特別行政區:香港中文大學香港亞太研究所,2003.07,頁36。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL H62.5.H6 H62 no.138 c.2; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.138)


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