Virtual care during the pandemic: Multi-family group sessions for Hong Kong Chinese families of adolescents with intellectual disabilities

Wing Ka Julia LO, Joyce Lai Chong MA, Mooly Mei Ching WONG, Monica Lai Tuen YAU-NG

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Abstract

The suspension of social services in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic increased the caregiver strain for families of adolescent children with intellectual disabilities, possibly aggravating their family relationships. This article reports on an online Multi-Family Group (MFG) conducted during the pandemic for Hong Kong Chinese families of adolescents affected by mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities. A thematic analysis of the experiences of the participating service users revealed three positive effects of the intervention model: improved family relationships, mutual helpful influences occurring among families, and a new understanding of family members with intellectual disabilities. The therapeutic group process used to promote family development is illustrated by a group vignette. The challenges and the practical considerations for conducting an MFG online are discussed. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Early online date26 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Mar 2022

Citation

Lo, J. W. K., Ma, J. L. C., Wong, M. M. C., & Yau-Ng, M. L. T. (2022). Virtual care during the pandemic: Multi-family group sessions for Hong Kong Chinese families of adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/17446295221076693

Keywords

  • Chinese families
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Multi-family group
  • Online group psychotherapy

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