PUN Shuk Han 盤淑嫻

Research Projects


  • Citizenship and Social Development in Post- Colonial Hong Kong
  • CHAU Kin Lam Kenneth, PUN Shuk Han (Dept of Psychology), WONG Chack Kie
    1 November 2000
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Recent economic and constitutional crises have reminded Hong Kong people of their vulnerabilitiesthe weaknesses of Hong Kong as a player in the global economy and the barriers in her integration with China. This poses a threat to her social and economic development. The identity as Hongkongese - some sense of "citizenship" that used to be the basis of solidarity for Hong Kong people to tackle various crises during the colonial period, seems no longer applicable in understanding diverse and conflicting public reactions to those recent crises. This study aims to provide a deeper understanding about the concept of citizenship as an engineering tool for social development and help develop a reflective "civic professionalism" for human service in Hong Kong. Given the job nature and professional status of human service professional, like teachers and social workers, they should be able to help engender a "positive citizenship" within the general public. Firstly, the study will examine how Hong Kong people conceptualize citizenship rights and duties in relation to the power and capability of the government for social development through a household survey. Then, based on a participatory action approach, it will guide the professionals through focus-group discussions to explore new practice strategies by identifying the gaps in the knowledge and expectations between practitioners and clients given the findings from the survey. Lastly, workshops will be conducted for the professionals to evaluate, refine and disseminate these new strategies. (CU00351)


  • Neuropsychological Functions in Late Life of the Hong Kong Elderly: An Exploratory Study on Psychosocial and lifestyle Predictors
  • CHAN Sui Yin Agnes, PUN Shuk Han, CHIU Fung Kum Helen (Dept of Psychiatry), LAM Chiu Wa (Dept of Psychiatry), WOO Jean (Dept of Medicine & Therapeutics)
    1 March 2001
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The increase in elderly population has raised a number of social and economic issues in Hong Kong. While there is an increasing burden to balance the needs of the old and young within their families, there is a strong economic pressure to support and care for a growing population of older people within our medical system. If our elderly can maintain their functioning capacities, they can live independently and remain productive after retirement. To be functioning capable, an elderly needs to maintain a good physical health and reasonable cognitive abilities. Cognitive function in terms of domains of ability--including attention, language, memory, spatial ability and conceptualization-is known to decline with. This cognitive decline is a significant factor that affects the daily functioning and quality of life of an aging individual. For instance, an elderly with severe cognitive impairment such as the one resulting from Alzheimer's disease will require 24 hours assistance even they are physically healthy. It is, therefore, both important and urgent to investigate how cognitive functions can be preserved in older persons. The proposed project aims to identify the psychosocial and lifestyle factors that account for changes in cognitive function in local elderly population. A community sample of 60 elderly people aged between 65 and 74 will be recruited to undergo interviews and a series of neuropsychological tests. The findings will be vital to the development of evidence-based programs to maintain the cognitive functions of elderly in Hong Kong. (SS00584)



Research Publications


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



  • "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 MA Lai Chong and LAI Yee Ching Kelly). Child and Family Social Work UK: Blackwell Science Ltd, 2002. pp.99-106.



  • 《追溯兒童性侵犯個案專訪》(與鄧素琴合編),香港:香港中文大學:護苗基金,2000。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Oversize HV6570.4.H6 P35 2000; UL HK Studies HV6570.4.H6 P35 2000 c.2)


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