East Meets West: Five Decades of Practice Research in Hong Kong

T. M. S. Chan*, T. Sim

*Corresponding author for this work

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A review of social work practice research in Hong Kong identified 969 articles published over 50 years. Four main areas of their content were analyzed: (a) authorship, (b) practice area, (c) target clientele, and (d) research method. Our results showed that academics had produced most of the research publications (81%). The most common practice areas were children and youth (20%), mental health (19%), family (19%), and the elderly (11%). Youth (22%), the elderly (14%), and family and parents (14%) were the top three client groups. The majority of the methods (47%) used were quantitative, comprising mostly correlational methods (41%). The future development of Hong Kong’s social work practice research should build on current achievements and promote more practitioner–researcher collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • collaboration
  • content analyses
  • Hong Kong
  • social work practice research


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