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Title: Chinese cultural dynamics of unemployability of male adults with psychiatric disabilities in Hong Kong
Authors: Yip, KS 
Ng, YN
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Source: Psychiatric rehabilitation journal, 2002, v. 26, no. 2, p. 197-202 How to cite?
Journal: Psychiatric rehabilitation journal 
Abstract: Work and employment has long been regarded as crucial for the mental health of human beings. Unemployment may lead to deterioration of physical and mental health. Nevertheless, for adults with psychiatric disabilities, discontinuity of employment is common. They may have various reasons to discontinue their employment. In Hong Kong, only 2.5% of people with psychiatric disabilities discharged from sheltered workshops are able to seek open employment. By means of illustration, the authors will show that traditional Chinese work culture tends to reinforce the discontinuity of employment of adult males with psychiatric disabilities. In Chinese culture, work is a means to occupy time, control misbehavior, show consistency of words and deeds, and to glorify parents and ancestors. All these factors contribute to the fulfillment of an adult male role and identity in traditional Chinese culture. In this case history, instead of finding realistic employment, a male adult with psychiatric disability tried to indulge himself in what he felt was his ideal job to fulfill all requirement as an adult male in Chinese culture. The imaginative ideal job gave him excuses to discontinue open employment. Its implications to vocational rehabilitation with male adults with psychiatric disability are also discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/20915
ISSN: 1095-158X
EISSN: 1559-3126
DOI: 10.2975/26.2002.197.202
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