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Title: Mental health, self-esteem, time structure, and social support among unemployed in Hong Kong
Authors: Tsang, Ka Man (曾家文)
Department: Department of Applied Social Studies
Discipline: Social / Abnormal Psychology
Issue Date: 2005
Programme: PGDP
Award: SS5790
Supervisor: Dr. Tse John Wing Ling
Subjects: Mental health
Social support
Hong Kong
Description: Nominated as OAPS (Outstanding Academic Papers by Students) paper by Department in 2006-07.
Abstract: Objectives: This study examined the mental health and self-esteem of unemployed Hong Kong Chinese in comparison with their employed counterparts. In addition, time structure and perceived social support of the unemployed were studied. Methods: A total of 115 participants of different age groups, including 52 unemployed and 63 employed, completed a questionnaire that measures their mental health, self-esteem, time structure, and perceived social support. Results: As predicted, the unemployed participants had poorer mental health but not significantly lower self-esteem than their employed counterparts. Results also indicated that among the unemployed, those with better time structure and more perceived social support enjoyed better mental health and higher level of self-esteem. Discussion: The role of better time structure and social support may be incorporated in intervention programs as useful coping resources for the unemployed individuals.
Appears in Collections:Applied Social Sciences - Postgraduate Diploma Papers - Psychology
OAPS - Dept. of Applied Social Sciences

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