Department of Communication Studies
A focus group study involving concept mapping was conducted in September 2012 to investigate how the concept of social inclusion was understood by Hong Kong residents. It was a replication of an earlier UK study. Seven groups involving 61 participants (38 females; 23 males) were interviewed, including non-professional workers at a Nongovernment Organisation service, senior centre users, a mixed group of community residents, people with severe mental illness, professional social service providers, communication studies students, and social work students. Data analysis using Nvivo 10 and systematic thematic analysis identified six major themes including: (1) material resources and wealth, (2) work, (3) social (dis)harmony and diversity, (4) discrimination, (5) communication, and (6) participation in activities. An overall final model of Social Inclusion for Hong Kong based on concept maps for all seven groups is presented. The results will inform the conceptualisation and development of a Chinese-language measure of social inclusion (SCOPE-C) based on translation and cultural adaption of the Social and Community Opportunities Profile (SCOPE) developed in UK.
social inclusion; social harmony; concept mapping; inclusive practices; qualitative methods
Source Publication Title
Social Indicators Research
Link to Publisher's Edition
Chan, K., Evans, S., Ng, Y., Chiu, M., & Huxley, P. (2014). A concept mapping study on social inclusion in Hong Kong. Social Indicators Research, 119 (1). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-013-0498-1