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).
CitationLo, J. W. K., Ma, J. L. C., Wong, M. M. C., & Yau-Ng, M. L. T. (2023). Virtual care during the pandemic: Multi-family group sessions for Hong Kong Chinese families of adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 27(2), 336-353. doi: 10.1177/17446295221076693
- Chinese families
- Intellectual disabilities
- Multi-family group
- Online group psychotherapy