A qualitative study on recovery experience of people with schizophrenia in Hong Kong

  • King Keung Law

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This study is to examine the meaning of recovery and its making process among people with mental health problems from a person-centered perspective in Hong Kong. By employing a qualitative research approach, this study attempts to explore the strategies and practices deployed by people with schizophrenia for overcoming the daily difficulties and challenges caused by their illness. A total of 14 persons with schizophrenia living in the community were invited to participate in the in-depth interview.. Three major types of strategies and practices employed by people with mental health problems are revealed in the study. They can be categorised into medical, personal and social practices. In the recovery process, it is suggested that people with mental health problems are active agents. Based on their social situations and resources, they creatively invent and deploy tailor-made coping strategies and practices for overcoming their daily struggles and challenges.. With the use of the person-centered perspective, it is evident that the meaning of recovery of persons with schizophrenia is highly subjective. Five emerging themes have been identified throughout the recovery process, including developing a social role, achieving acceptance of one's own mental health problems, developing a positive sense of self, developing a new meaning and purpose in one's life and finally, taking responsibility of one's wellbeing. These themes highlight the complexity and uniqueness of people with mental problems in Hong Kong.. In sum, the study bridges the research gaps in understanding the conceptualisation of recovery in the local context. It helps to extend the discussion and analysis of recovery beyond the western medical paradigms. Moreover, this study clarifies three major types of coping strategies and practices deployed by people with mental health problems, particularly those with schizophrenia, and attempts to establish an analytical framework in understanding these strategies and practices. Finally, the delineation of the decision making process, including the social context and the rationales of the use of various coping strategies and practices opens up new possibilities in understanding the mechanism of recovery.

Date of Award24 Aug 2017
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorPetrus Y N NG (Supervisor)

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Rehabilitation
  • Schizophrenics

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