Effectiveness of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) for Chinese in Hong Kong

Winnie W. S. MAK, Randolph Chun Ho CHAN, Ingrid H. Y. PANG, Nicola Y. L. CHUNG, Sania S. W. YAU, Jessica P. S. TANG

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The present study evaluated the effectiveness of the Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) in a matched controlled design among individuals in recovery of mental illness in Hong Kong. Feedback from the first batch of WRAP facilitators in Hong Kong was sought for future implementation of WRAP. Participants were recruited from the service units of the largest nongovernmental organization (NGO) serving people in recovery in Hong Kong. Fifty-nine service users were recruited to learn WRAP and 59 service users served as matched controls. The WRAP program consisted of eight weekly sessions delivered by NGO staff who were certified WRAP facilitators. Assessments were completed before, immediately after, and 3 months after the program. Findings based on repeated measures ANOVAs showed that compared with their matched controls, WRAP participants reported significant increase in perceived social support. No significant change was noted in empowerment, hope, self-stigma, social network size, symptom severity, and recovery. Facilitators discussed issues on cultural adaptation and resources needed for future implementation of WRAP for Chinese. Discrepancies between the present findings and those from previous studies were discussed. This is the first quantitative study evaluating the effectiveness of WRAP among Chinese. Copyright © 2016 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-251
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


Mak, W. W. S., Chan, R. C. H., Pang, I. H. Y., Chung, N. Y. L., Yau, S. S. W., & Tang, J. P. S. (2016). Effectiveness of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) for Chinese in Hong Kong. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 19(3), 235-251. doi: 10.1080/15487768.2016.1197859


  • Chinese
  • Hong Kong
  • Recovery
  • Wellness recovery action planning
  • WRAP


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