Feasibility of supported education for youth with mental illness in Hong Kong

Kim-wan Young*, Daphne Cheng, Y. N. Petrus Ng, Chun Hong Leung, Xiaolin Gan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background: Youth with mental illness face many challenges in educational attainment, including a high school dropout rates.

Objectives: This study aims to explore the feasibility of a supported education program for youth with mental illness in Hong Kong.

Research Methods: Mixed research method was conducted. The quantitative study adopted one group pre-and posttest design involving 34 participants, while the qualitative study involved conducting in-depth semistructured individual interviews for seven participants who completed all training courses.

Results: A dropout rate of 23.5% was reported, and more than one-third of participants achieved open employment or educational attainment during 24-month follow-up period. Qualitative content analysis revealed that all participants benefited from the supported education by enjoying a positive learning environment and achieving personal growth. Conclusion: The results of both quantitative and qualitative studies support the feasibility and efficacy of the supported education for youth with mental illness in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese societies
  • mixed research method
  • supported education
  • young people with mental illness

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