Social workers’ adaptation in times of pandemic crisis : A Hong Kong case

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-192
Journal / PublicationInternational Social Work
Volume66
Issue number1
Online published29 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Abstract

Through the lens of the theory of planned behavior, this article explores how social workers adapt to a new situation due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three focus group sessions were conducted with 23 social workers from child and youth, family, and elderly services in Hong Kong. Three major themes were generated: (1) repositioning the social work profession, (2) renegotiating contracts with funders, and (3) exploring novel intervention methods. Implications of the findings are discussed. To ensure social workers can respond effectively in crises, an evolving nature of the profession is advocated to enshrine its spirit to serve.

Research Area(s)

  • COVID-19, crisis, Hong Kong, pandemic, social work practice

Citation Format(s)

Social workers’ adaptation in times of pandemic crisis: A Hong Kong case. / Ling, Henry Wai Hang; Shum, Michelle; Kwan, Chi Kin et al.
In: International Social Work, Vol. 66, No. 1, 01.2023, p. 181-192.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review