CHEUNG Yuet Wah 張越華

Research Projects


  • Hurting Each Other: Marital Inequality, Social Capital and Spousal Aggression in Hong Kong
  • CHEUNG Yuet Wah, CHOI Yuk Ping
    1 January 2006
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    The rapid increase in physical aggression among married couples in Hong Kong and its negative consequences for individuals, families and children have raised tremendous public concern. Yet the paucity of research in this area has not contributed to effective formulation of intervention and prevention policies. The few available studies, mostly conducted since the 1990s, focused mainly on psychological and marital factors of spousal violence. This project examines the prevalence and pattern of spousal aggression, which includes verbal aggression and physical aggression (minor and severe violence), and compares the explanatory power of various social and cultural theories of family violence. An integrated framework incorporating variables pertaining to the marital inequality perspective (including marital power, resource inequalities and status inconsistency), and variables pertaining to the social capital perspective (including informal social control, informal support, and opportunity for learning of violence disapproval), will be developed. Attitudes towards gender norms and marital satisfaction are included as intervening variables. The model will also be tested across groups of different sociodemographic characteristics, and different levels of stress and risk behaviour (such as alcohol/tobacco/drug use, and gambling). A survey of husbands or wives of more than 1,440 households selected from a three-stage stratified cluster sampling will be conducted. Subjects will be interviewed with a standard questionnaire in their homes in the absence of spouse, or in some venues outside home if absence of spouse cannot be secured. In addition to the survey, in-depth interviews and focus group sessions will be conducted so that qualitative information elaborating on relationships between the various variables and on more serious forms of spousal violence will be collected. (CU05667)


  • Northbound Pleasures: Pattern of Cross-border Deviance of Hong Kong Marginal Youths and Its Implications for Adolescent Deviance in Hong Kong
  • CHEUNG Yuet Wah, LEE Wing Lin Francis*, TANG So Kum Catherine (Dept of Psychology)
    1 December 2001
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    This study addresses the public concern over Hong Kong adolescents travelling to Shenzhen for vice pleasures such as drug abuse and unsafe sex at rave parties or other venues. It examines the pattern of cross-border deviance of Hong Kong adolescents, the social and psychological factors associated with this pattern, and its implications for adolescent deviance in Hong Kong. A number of major deviance theories, namely, differential association, social bonding, strain, labelling and rational choice theories will be integrate into a broader social capital framework.

    A study group of 500 marginal adolescents aged between 14-19 years will be randomly selected from out-reaching and other social service/penal institutions. A comparison group of 500 students will be randomly selected from Forms 2 to 7 in secondary schools. A comparison between the marginal group and the student group will show whether differences in social capital and psychological characteristics will account for the differences in engagement in both cross-border and local deviance of the two groups. This study will also collect qualitative data by conducting focus groups for Hong Kong adolescents, and in-depth interviews of parents, teachers, service providers, and government officials in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. (SS01331)


  • Problem Assessment and Programme Evaluation of Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation in Macau
  • CHEUNG Yuet Wah, CHIEN James M. N.*
    1 December 2001
    Government of the Macao SAR

    This study, one and a half years of duration, was commissioned by the Government of Macau SAR to the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers (SARDA), Hong Kong in December 2001, at a research grant of HK500,000. The Chairman of the Research Committee of SARDA (Dr. James M.N. Ch’ien) and Vice-Chairman (myself) became PI and CI, respectively, of the study. There were two major objectives of the study. First, it assessed the situation of drug abuse in Macau, and evaluated the adequacy of existing work and facilities of drug treatment and rehabilitation in Macau. Second, it examined the characteristics of drug abusers in Macau, with emphasis on their pattern of drug use, social and psychological correlates of drug use, their need for services, and the difficulties they would face in re-integration into the society. The influence of the proximity of Macau to Zhuhai and other mainland cities on cross-boundary drug use among Macau drug abusers was also studied. (SS01611)


  • To Bet or Not to Bet: Structural Disadvantage, Social Capital, Individual Mentality and Adolescent Gambling in Hong Kong
  • CHEUNG Wai Ting, CHEUNG Yuet Wah
    1 November 2007
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    The proposed study will examine and compare the extent and pattern of gambling in school youths and out-of school marginal youths in Hong Kong, and test the strength of various sociological theories of deviance in explaining adolescent gambling behavior. Although the few available epidemiological studies, which were mostly conducted since 2000 and focused on students, are useful in assessing the prevalence of gambling among Hong Kong adolescents, they give little attention to the social structural contexts and mechanisms generating adolescent gambling behavior. Besides, it has been argued that out-of-school marginal youths tend to have a higher rate of gambling than ordinary students. Yet there is remarkably little written on gambling behavior of marginal adolescents. An integrated framework incorporating the macro structural variable pertaining to the structural disadvantage perspective (that is, socioeconomic marginality), social relational variables pertaining to the social capital perspective (including informal social control, social support, social learning, and strain-coping ability generated from an adolescent’s social network), and variables pertaining to the individual mentality perspective (including risk society mentality and self-control), will be developed. Situational factors and beliefs about gambling of an adolescent will be included as intervening variables. The model provides a fuller understanding of how the interaction between social structure, social relations, and individual mentality shape adolescent gambling. A survey of students and marginal youths will be undertaken. A sample of 2,000 students aged between 13-20 years will be randomly selected from Form 1 to Form 7 students in secondary schools. A sample of 500 marginal youths aged between 13-20 years will be drawn from out-reaching social work agencies, penal institutions, gambling treatment organizations, and drug treatment agencies. This study will also conduct focus groups for young gamblers, so that qualitative data elaborating on relationships among the various variables and pertaining to the experiences of gambling will be obtained. (CU07415)



Research Publications


  • A follow-up study of former S.A.R.D.A. clients: a report of findings [香港戒毒會過去受助人之跟進硏究 : 硏究結果報告]. Hong Kong: Research Advisory Group, Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers, 1997.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HV5840.H6 C46 1997)



  • "A Longitudinal Study of Chronic Drug Abusers in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHIEN James M. N.; TANG So Kum Catherine; PI Peter; CHEUNG Wai Ting; CHOI Fai Ming Jonathan; WONG Amy Au and HO Sammy C.) Paper presented in the Conference on Chronic Drug Abuse in Hong Kong: Latest Findings and Service Relevance, organized by Department of Psychology, CUHK, Hong Kong, 15 May 2004



  • A longitudinal study of chronic drug abusers in Hong Kong: final report submitted to Research Subcommittee, Action Committee against Narcotics, Hong Kong. (co-authored with Action Committee Against Narcotics (Hong Kong, China) Research Subcommittee) Hong Kong: The Team, 2003.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies HV5840.H6 L69 2003)



  • A Longudinal Study of Chronic Drug Abusers in Hong Kong.(co-authored with CHIEN James and TANG So Kum Catherine) Hong Kong SAR: Action Committee Against Narcotics, 31 July 2003



  • Brighter side: protective and risk factors in the rehabilitation of chronic drug abusers in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2009
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HV5840.H6 C495 2009; UL HK Studies HV5840.H6 C495 2009)



  • "Explaining Adolescent Deviance in Hong Kong: A Test of the General Theory of Crime." (co-authored with CHEUNG Yuet Wah and CHEUNG Wai Ting) Paper presented in the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, organized by Society for the Study of Social Problems, Montreal, Canada, August 2006



  • "Is Hong Kong Experiencing Normalization of Adolescent Drug Use? Some Reflections on the Normalization Thesis." (co-authored with CHEUNG Wai Ting) Substance Use & Misuse (USA: Taylor and Francis) vol.41 no.14 (Dec 2006), pp.1967-1990
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical HV5800.I58; Available Online)



  • "Northbound Recreational Drug Use of Hong Kong Youth in Shenzhen: An Ecological Convenience Interpretation." The 57th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Toronto, Canada: American Society of Criminology, 18 Nov 2005



  • "Personal Empowerment and Life Satisfaction among Self-help Group Members in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHEUNG Tak Sing and MOK Bong Ho) Small Group Research (USA: Sage Publications) vol.36 no.3 (June 2005), pp.354-377
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical HM133.C63; Available Online)



  • Predicting adolescent deviant behavior in Hong Kong: a comparison of media, family, school, and peer variables. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1993
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL H62.5.H6 H62 no.29; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.29)



  • Receptivity to traditional Chinese medicine among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1986.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies WB50.JH6C53 1986)



  • Receptivity to traditional Chinese medicine among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Asian Research Service, 1987.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HKS Pamphlet Z691.C4943 R423 1987)



  • "Recreational Drug Use of Adolescents in Risk Society: Some Reflections on the Normalization Thesis in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHEUNG Wai Ting) Paper presented in the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, organized by American Sociological Association, San Francisco, United States of America, August 2004



  • Selected papers from the 2nd Conference on Social Indicators Studies in Chinese Societies. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1995
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies HN752.7 .S4 1995)



  • "Self- Control, Social Factors and Delinquency: A Test of The General Theory of Crime Among Adolescents in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHEUNG Wai Ting) Journal of Youth and Adolescence (Springer Science and Business Media, LLC) vol.37 (Sep 2007), pp.412-430
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC Periodical HQ796 .J625; Available Online)



  • "Social Capital and Drug Use after Treatment: A Study of Treated Heroin Addicts in Hong Kong.” (co-authored with CHEUNG Wai Ting) Paper presented in the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association Washington D.C., USA, August 2000



  • "Social Capital and Normalization of Adolescent Drug Use in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHEUNG Wai Ting) Paper presented in the International conference on tackling drug abuse, organized by Narcotics Division, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2006



  • "Social Capital and Recovery from Drug Addiction: Finding of A Study of Treated Drug Addicts in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHEUNG Wai Ting) Hong Kong Journal of Sociology (Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong Sociological Association) vol.1 (Nov 2000), pp.29-51
    (CUHK Library Call No: HN751 .X56; ICS Periodical HN751 .X56; Available Online)



  • "Social Capital and Risk Level of Post treatment Drug Use: Implications for Harm Reduction among Male Treated Addicts in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHEUNG Wai Ting) Addiction Research and Theory (United States of America: Brunner Routledge) vol.11 no.3 (June 2003), pp.145 - 162
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • Social Costs of Drug Abuse in Hong Kong, 1998. (co-authored with CH'IEN Ming Nien James and LEE Albert.) Report submitted to Action Committee Against Narcotics, Hong Kong Action Committee Against Narcotics, Hong Kong, Dec 2000
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Oversize HV5840.H6 C54 2000)



  • "Social Costs of Drug Abuse in Hong Kong, 1998." (co-authored with CHIEN M.N. James and LEE Albert) Paper presented in the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists Symposium on Contemporary Substance Abuse in Hong Kong, organized by Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists. Hong Kong, 23 June 2001



  • Social costs of drug abuse in Hong Kong, 1998: report submitted to Action Committee Against Narcotics, Hong Kong. Hong Kong: s.n., 2000
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Oversize HV5840.H6 C54 2000)



  • Social factors in adolescent deviant behaviour in Hong Kong: an integrated theoretical approach. S.l.: s.n., 1987
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HKS Pamphlet Z691.C4943 S663 1987)



  • "Spousal Violence and Its Social Correlates in Hong Kong." (co-authored with CHOI Yuk Ping) Paper presented in the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, organized by American Society of Criminology, - pgs. Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Nov 2007



  • "Spousal Violence in Migrant and Local Families in Hong Kong: A Comparative Study." (co-authored with CHOI Yuk Ping) Paper presented in the 通過中韓女性生活來看兩國女性政策, organized by Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea, 25 May 2007



  • "Strain, Self-control and Gender Differences in Delinquency Among Adolescents in Hong Kong: Extending the General Strain Theory." (co-authored with CHEUNG Wai Ting) 9th Annual Meeting of Hong Kong Sociological Association Hong Kong: Hong Kong Sociological Association, 8 Dec 2007



  • 〈自我控制、社會資本與青少年藥物濫用普遍化:香港的例子〉與鄭慧婷合著,論文發表於 《「青少年違法犯罪現況及理論」學術研討會》,主辦機構為澳門青少年犯罪研究學會、中國青少年犯罪研討會、南京大學犯罪預防與控制研究所, ,澳門,2006年8月



  • 〈青少年消遣性藥物使用正常化」現象有否在香港出現:正常化概念的一些啟示〉與鄭慧婷合著,論文發表於 《第四屆中國內地與港澳地區藥物濫用防治研討會及第八屆全國藥物依賴性學術會議》,主辦機構為香港社會服務聯會,香港,2005年10月



  • 《香港的犯罪問題》,香港:出版社不詳,1986
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HKS Pamphlet Z691.C456 X53 1986)



  • 〈香港特區藥物濫用的經濟成本〉與錢明年、李大拔合著,《中國藥物依賴性雜誌》第10卷,第4期 (2001年11月),頁293 – 297
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • 〈香港葯物濫用之社會成本〉與錢明年、李大拔合著,論文發表於《第六屆全國葯物依賴性學術會議》,主辦機構為中國葯物依賴學會及北京大學中國藥物依賴性研究所,中國福建省武夷山市,2001年6月



  • 《荷花飄香樂悠揚:崇基歌集》,香港:香港中文大學崇基學院,2001
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HKS Univ Archive M1804 .H574 2001; CC Univ Archive M1804 .H574 2001)


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