TSOI Kcon Wah 蔡冠華

Research Projects


  • Experiences and Adjustment of Young New Arrivals from Mainland China: A Narrative Analysis
  • LAM Mong Chow Amy, FONG SOONG Tong Kou (Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research), TSOI Kcon Wah
    1 December 2000
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Most of the existing studies on young new arrivals from Mainland China are quantitative survey research and very few have attempted to understand these immigrants' unique personal experiences in adjusting to their new lives in Hong Kong. In order to fill this gap in research, this study attempts to use the methodology of narrative analysis in qualitative research to investigate the migration experiences of the young new arrivals through their own stories. The major objectives of the study are:
    (1) to understand the experiences of young immigrants in their adjustment to the daily living in Hong Kong through their own interpretation;
    (2) to examine the meanings which young immigrants have constructed out of their overall migration experience;
    (3) to identify similarities and differences in the trajectories of adjustment of young immigrants who are identified as well-adjusted, moderatelyadjusted and poorly-adjusted; and
    (4) to formulate hypotheses about factors contributing to successful and unsuccessful adjustments of young immigrants.
    It is expected that findings from this study will enrich our understanding of the culture of the newcomers, their migration experiences, and the issues they face in the process of adjusting to daily living. Furthermore, the findings can definitely have significant theoretical and practical contributions to policy formulation and direct practice so that social services for young new arrivals from the Mainland could be more responsive to their genuine needs and problems. (CU00367)



Research Publications


  • "Adolescent Chinese Immigrants in Hong Kong: A Comparison with Locally Born Students and Factors Associated with Their Psychologocal Well-being" (co-authored with LAM Mong Chow Amy and CHAN Ting Sam). International Journal Of Adolescent Medicine and Health vol.17 no.2. Tel Aviv, Isreal: Freund Publishing House Ltd., 2005. p.157-168.



  • "Evidence-based Social Work Practice in Hong Kong" (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel and LAM Mong Chow Amy). International Perspectives on Evidence-based Practice in Social Work ed. by B. Thyer and M. Kazi. London: Venture Press, 2004. p.213-222.



  • "Factors Influencing Anxiety/Depression among Adolescents Migrating between Chinese Societies: The Case of Adolescent New Arrivals to Hong Kong" (co-authored with CHAN Grace Wing Yee, McBRIDE-CHANG Catherine Alexandra, LEUNG Wing Leung Patrick, HO Suk Han Connie and CHEUK Suk Man). Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies vol.4 no.1. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2003. p.121-140.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical DS701 .J69 v.3-4, 2002-03)



  • "Psychological Adjustment of Chinese Adolescents with Economic Disadvantages: A Pioneer Longitudinal Study in Hong Kong" (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, LAM Ching Man, LAM MongChow Amy and TANG Mun Yu). HongKong Journal of Social Work vol.37 no.1. Hon g Kong SAR, 2003. p.97-100.



  • "Psychological Well-Being of Newly Arrived and Locally Born Adolescents in Hong Kong: A Comparative Study" (co-authored with LAM Mong Chow Amy and CHAN Ting Sam). The Hong Kong Journal Social Work vol.37 no.2. Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong Social Workers Association Ltd., 2003. p.223-228.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HKS Periodical HV1 .H68 v.37-39, 2003-05)


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