LOU Vivian Wei Qun 樓瑋群

Research Projects

  • Case Management of Community Long-Term Care Services in Hong Kong – A Qualitative Exploration
  • LOU V. W. Q.
    2 January 2008
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    In response to the estimated rapid population aging in Hong Kong and to achieve the policy objective of ‘aging in place’, community-based services for frail elders have been re-structured in Hong Kong since 2003. Non-profit organizations (NGOs) were subsidized by the government to provide services to satisfy the personal and social care needs of frail elders so that they could stay in the community. This study aims to investigate the characteristics of case management adopted by individually based community long-term care services (e.g., IHCST and EHCCS) in Hong Kong. Detailed objectives include: 1) to examine the key characteristics of case management adopted by IHCST and EHCCS; 2) to explore whether or not there are unique features of case management adopted by IHCST and EHCCS; and 3) to consolidate good practices of case management that strengthen core elements of community long-term care services by IHCSS and EHCCS. The results of proposed study could provide practical and policy implications on key features of case management that are effective in helping frail elders in the community. (SS07803)

  • Intergenerational Role and Its Relationship with Subjective Well-Being among Older Persons in Hong Kong
  • LOU V. W. Q.
    20 November 2004
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Hong Kong is no exclusion from the global trend in population ageing. The proportion of the population aged 65 and over is estimated to reach 23% in 2033, which has brought policy as well as public concerns regarding older persons welfare and well-being. One of the key elements under the active aging policy promoted by WHO is participation, which proposes that older persons’ actively participating in various kinds of activities would empower them to optimize their contributions to both self and the community. However, previous studies focused more on community participation and no systematic study has been conducted on older persons’ participation at family level. Recent studies on Chinese elders found that contributing to family such as helping in household chores and taking care of grand child have been long rooted in Chinese tradition and counted as significant part of older persons’ life. Therefore, the present aims to: 1) explore the intergenerational role played by older persons; focuses will be given to grand parenting role such as daily care, emotional support, moral education etc.; and 2) examine the relationship between intergenerational role and subjective well-being among older persons in Hong Kong. Findings of the present study would enrich the conceptualization of “participation” under the active aging framework. Findings could also provide implications for ageing policy and service provision in Hong Kong. Moreover, results could become a preliminary hypothesis based on which similar studies could be conducted among other Chinese and non-Chinese population. (SS04660)

  • Needs and Profiles of Elderly Scavengers in Hong Kong
  • LOU V. W. Q.
    1 June 2006
    Hong Kong Council of Social Services

    This study aims to explore the life experiences of older people who collect re-cycling materials for financial returns. Both survey and in-dept interview were conducted. Fact-to-face survey interviews on 96 elderly waste collectors were done by trained interviewees. The sample was recruited on the waste collecting spots in six areas in Hong Kong. It was found that more than seventy percent of the respondents collected re-cycling materials because of financial reasons. In in-dept interview part, 17 older people were successfully interviewed. It was found that these elderly waste-collectors faced different kinds of social exclusion, including economic exclusion, political exclusion, social relation exclusion and social welfare exclusion. This research reflects that in Hong Kong, life of some of the older people is far form being provided with a sense of security, a sense of belonging and a feeling of healthy and worthiness. It is hence suggested that we should improve the income protection to the elderly. We suggest strengthening thee out-reaching service for the elderly and elderly centres and community organizations to organize more subsidized activities so that low income elderly can participate. We also appeal to those families in need to seek early help from the social service agencies so as to avoid shifting the burden of supporting the family to the elderly. Lastly, we hope that more parties could conduct more research related to elderly poverty. (SS05412)

  • A Preliminary Study of Social Risks and Policy Responses to Risk Management in Hong Kong
  • WONG Chack Kie, LOU V. W. Q.
    1 November 2005
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The proposed study intends to develop new policy ideas for meeting the challenges facing Hong Kong on social risks arisen from drastic societal changes in the context of economic globalization. It especially uses the notion of new social risks, underscored by the modernization paradigm for the welfare state to examine the relationships between changes in family, government and labour market and responses for risks management. It employs a research design by literature review, secondary data analysis and policy analysis to investigate whether or not social risks were matched by corresponding policy responses as suggested in the literature and policy documents. The study will enhance our understanding of changing faces of social risks in Hong Kong from the new perspective of a modernization paradigm; it will also provide ideas of whether or not the government had responded appropriately to the changing needs arisen from drastic societal changes. (SS05746)

  • The Profile of Social Work Programmes and Training Needs of Higher Education in the Chinese Communities - Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • LOU V. W. Q., Gu Dong-hui*, Kuan Yu Yuan*, Leung Joe Cho Bun*
    1 September 2003
    International Association of Schools of Social Work

    Social work education development has gone through different stages in Chinese communities in different places. Review the current social work education development in Hong Kong, Mainland and Taiwan, two observations could be made. First, social work education development was effected by existing education system, social needs and also social policy at a particular context. Therefore, indigenous programmes have been developed in different communities at different time frame. Second, professionalization of social work seems to be a milestone in social work education development. Influences from both local and international level could play significant role. This study adopts the framework used by the “IASSW World Census 2000” study, which has already surveyed social work programmes from 35 countries. It aims to explore the profile of social work programme from three aspects: demographics and status, international networking, and curriculum content. Cultural adaptations are made in all three aspects so as to fit the current development stage of social work programme in the Chinese community. Research findings will be used to contribute to the IASSW world census data base and make implications for the future development of the social work education internationally. (SS03872)

  • A Qualitative Study on Hidden Elderly’ in Hong Kong
  • WONG Chack Kie, LOU V. W. Q.
    3 December 2007
    Central Policy Unit, HKSAR Government

    The project aims to understand the conditions of the ‘hidden elderly’ in Hong Kong. It will conduct indepth interviews of ‘hidden elderly’ and related stakeholders such as service providers and advocates. The qualitative research approach should be able to reveal the perspectives of both ‘hidden elderly’ and service providers on how ‘hidden elderly’ should be best helped. Such knowledge and information are important to devise successful interventions that respond to the needs and characteristics of the ‘hidden elderly’ on the one hand, and the available services and networks for the ‘hidden elderly’ on the other hand. (SS07861)

  • A Study Investigating Factors that Affect Long Term Care Use in Hong Kong
  • LOU V. W. Q., CHUI Wing Tak Ernest*, LEUNG Yee Man Angela*, TANG Kwong Leung
    1 June 2007
    Food and Health Bureau - Studies in Health Services

    Objective: To investigate the unique characteristics of elderly people with long term care needs who opt for community-based services and who opt for residential service. The focus will be primarily on three types of factors: enabling factors, psychological factors, and need factors. Design: A cross-sectional survey design. Trained research assistants will conduct face to face interviews to collect data based on standardized scales.
    Participants: Random sampling will be used in selecting respondents either from the Central Waiting List for Subsidized Long Term Care Services or from cluster sampling from service recipients in four categories of long term care services within a twelve month period starting prior to the study date. 1000 respondents will be targeted, including 320 elderly people who opted for community-based services, and 680 elderly people who opted for residential-care services.
    Measures: Standardized scales on disability, chronic disease, caregiver burden, availability of care support, financial support, attitude towards long term care services, family solidarity, and self-efficacy will be used by trained interviewers for measurement using a face to face method.
    Data Analysis: The theoretical framework based on revised Andersen’s expanded model of care utilization will become the analytic framework, which will guide the data analysis. Multiple regression modelling will be used along side SPSS statistical packages.
    Purposes: To provide empirical evidence that could serve as a basis to generate long-term care policy strategies, particularly service matching. (SS06968)

Research Publications

  • "Alcohol and youth in Hong Kong" (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel). Adolescence and alcohol: An international perspective ed. by I. Kandel, J. Merrick & L. Sher. United Kingdom: Freund Publishing House Ltd., 2006. pp.85-96.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL WM274 .A26 2006)

  • "Alcohol Use and Abuse amongst Adolescents in Hong Kong" (co-authored with SHEK Tan Lei Daniel). International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health vol.18 no.1, 2006. p.69-79.

  • "Factors affecting risk of falls: A study on community-dwelling frail older adults in Hong Kong" (co-authored with LEUNG A., CHI Iris and CHAN K.s.). 1st Hong Kong Nursing Forum: Enhancing quality of care, pathway to future 2007.

  • The final report on a qualitative study of the recipients’ experiences of and attitudes towards the welfare benefit system in Hong Kong. (co-authored with WONG Chack Kie) A report submitted to the Central Policy Unite, HKSAR. Hong Kong, 2007.

  • "Final report on the profile of social work programs and training needs of higher education in the Chinese communities – Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan" (co-authored with GU D. H.; KUAN Y. Y. and LEUNG J. C. B.). IASSW Reported submitted to the International Association of Schools of Social Work. 2006.02.

  • "Gain and loss of being grandparents among Chinese older adults in Hong Kong" (co-authored with CHI Iris). Paper presented in the Connecting Intergenerational Communities through Creative Exchange Conference, organized by International Consortium for Intergenerational Programmes, 89 pgs. Australia, 2006.06.

  • "Grandparenting and subjective well-being of older adults in Hong Kong" (co-authored with CHI Iris). Paper presented in the The 8th Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Beijing, 2007.

  • "Grandparenting Roles in Hong Kong: Types and Demographic Associates" (co-authored with CHI Iris.). Workshop on Alternate Generations in the Family: The Asian Perspective, National University of Singapore 2005.10.

  • "Grandparenting roles played by older people in Hong Kong". 13th Annual Congress of Gerontology, Hong Kong Association of Gerontology, 2005.11.

  • "Identifying non-medical risk factors for falls among community-dwelling frail older adults in Hong Kong" (co-authored with LEUNG A., CHAN K.s and CHI Iris). Paper presented in the Canadian RAI, organized by Canadian RAI, 1 pgs. Canada, 2007.05.03.

  • "Impact of Expectation Fulfillment on Post-migration Marital Happiness among Mainland Chinese Wives with Hong Kong Husbands" (co-authored with CHOW J.c. and CHAN C. L.w.). journal of social work research and evaluation vol.5 no.1,. 2004. pp.199-212

  • "Intergenerational relationships in Hong Kong – Does living arrangement count?" (co-authored with CHI Iris). Paper presented in the 5th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, organized by HKU. Hong Kong SAR, 2006.12.12.

  • "Mental health of the frail older adults in Hong Kong" (co-authored with CHAN K.s., LEUNG A. and CHI Iris). Paper presented in the Canadian RAI Conference, organized by Canada RAI, Canada, 2007.05.03.

  • Social welfare and women : the dominant approach and the feminist critique. (co-authored with Kwong-leung Tang) Hong Kong : Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2006.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL H62.5.H6 H62 no.169 c.2; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.169)

  • "Women in Split Families: The Case of Mainland Chinese Wives and Their Hong Kong Husbands" (co-authored with LOW Looi Looi). Old Challenges New Strategies: Women, Work and Family in Contemporary Asia ed. by L. L. Thang & W. H. Yu. 2004. pp.233-248.

  • 《香港拾荒長者研究.》,香港特別行政區:香港社會服務聯會,2007。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies HV4153.A5 L68 2007)

  • <香港慈善事業的歷史與發展>,《中國慈善事業合作交流(香港)大會》,香港,2006.04。

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