Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Abstract

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.

Keywords

social inclusion; social harmony; concept mapping; inclusive practices; qualitative methods

Publication Date

10-2014

Source Publication Title

Social Indicators Research

Volume

119

Issue

1

Start Page

121

End Page

137

Publisher

Springer Verlag

DOI

10.1007/s11205-013-0498-1

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-013-0498-1

ISSN (print)

03038300

ISSN (electronic)

15730921

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