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Title: Medicalization of social workers in mental health services in Hong Kong
Authors: Yip, KS 
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Source: British journal of social work, 2004, v. 34, no. 3, p. 413-435 How to cite?
Journal: British journal of social work 
Abstract: Medical dominance is a crucial problem in social work practice in mental health services. This paper is an examination of the response of social workers to medical dominance in mental health services in Hong Kong. To explore the process and the effects of medicalization of social workers, sixty-three social workers in various areas of mental health service settings were interviewed. Their reaction and daily performance in facing medical dominance were analysed and evaluated. The findings show that facing medical dominance was a common occurrence for social workers in various mental health services in Hong Kong. Conflict existed between the rationalization of medical knowledge by medical professionals, and social work rationalization of social work knowledge by social workers. The process of medicalization consisted of five stages: ignorance of medical dominance, confronting medical dominance, compromise with medical dominance, acceptance of medical dominance and internalization of medical dominance. The findings also show that medicalization was influenced by the organizational and team context.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/12078
ISSN: 0045-3102
EISSN: 1468-263X
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bch045
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