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Title: Parent advocates of people with mental handicap
Authors: Cheong, JLI
Cheung, EWK
Chan, VWK
Keywords: Assessment
Manual lifting activities
Workers' expertise
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
Source: Hong Kong journal of mental health, 2003, v. 32, no. 1, p. 12-26 How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong journal of mental health 
Abstract: The aim of this study was to examine the experience of the first generation of parent advocates in Hong Kong. A qualitative approach was adopted and 14 parent advocates of people with moderate or severe mental handicap from one non-government organisation were interviewed. Data were analyzed using a constant comparative method and content analysis. Findings revealed that the participants performed three functions: to advocate for better service provision; to monitor service quality; and to facilitate communication between individual service units and parents. Ten participants mentioned that they expanded their social networks and they got support from other parents. However, some participants faced two major barriers: limited knowledge and skills and inadequate family support that hindered their participation. All of the participants suggested that support from the government and individual service units would promote their participation in parent advocacy. Findings of this study suggested that a mutual helping relationship was developed between the parent advocates and individual service units and this benefit also encouraged both the service providers and parents to participate in advocacy.
ISSN: 1560-9294
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