The role of work on family relationships: A study of sheltered workers with long-term mental illness in Hong Kong

Paul Chi Wai Lam*, Petrus Y N NG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Work and family are two major institutions in society. Family has been considered as an important socializing agent for an individual's growth and development, while work provides the individual opportunities to develop a sense of identity and a self-image. For people with mental illness, work has been recognized as an important tool for facilitating psychiatric rehabilitation. In fact, the work experiences of those with mental illness have an effect on their family relationships, which may in turn affect their mental health. Using an intensive interview method, this article shows that work experiences from sheltered workshops have a significant impact on the family relationships of workers in Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Family relationship
  • Long-term mental illness
  • Sheltered workers
  • Work

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