A. Ka Tat Tsang

A. Ka Tat Tsang
University of Toronto | U of T · Department of Social Work

Ph.D.

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July 1993 - present
University of Toronto
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Publications (70)
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Filial piety involves the Confucian view that children always have a duty to be obedient and to provide care for their parents. Filial piety has been described as both a risk and a protective factor in depression and suicide. This qualitative study aimed to explore the role of filial piety in the suicidal behavior of Chinese women. Qualitative inte...
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In Wuhan, a surge of online mental health services appeared amid the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the rapidly escalating demands. This article presents a snapshot of the available services and further categorises them into individual, organisational, governmental and international levels. The contribution and limitations of these services are analysed...
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How China’s social work can establish its own epistemology has remained largely unexplored. This article focuses on Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism to start this epistemological exploration, as they represent Chinese culture and can provide valuable epistemological elements for China’s social work. Moving beyond epistemological elements...
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In multicultural societies, social workers often work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. As one of the strategies to facilitate social workers’ cultural competence in diverse settings, they are often matched with clients of the same or similar cultural backgrounds. This practice is called ethnic matching and is commonly utilised in ethno-...
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Inter-ethnic research has been dominated by studies on majority–minority relations. The limited studies on relations among ethnic minority groups are usually restricted to a focus on attitudes and the cognitive domain, with little attention to actual behaviours. As Canada becomes increasingly diverse, it calls for a greater need in examining the in...
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The ageing of societies around the world increases demand on service providers of elderly housing. Such organizations are meant to be both knowledge- and service-intensive, and considered socially responsible enterprises providing human services to care for the elderly, a vulnerable group in society. Nevertheless, there are concerns over their perf...
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A cross-national qualitative suicide study was conducted by Tsinghua University and the University of Toronto with two samples of Chinese women in Beijing and Toronto. The aim of this article is to reflect on lessons learned from this collaborative study. A literature review guided the analysis. A focus group was conducted with members of both rese...
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Social workers were introduced to funeral homes in China amid the transition and expansion of both the funeral home industry and the social work profession and are proving to play a valuable, though under-researched role in serving not just clients but also communities and funeral home staff. Funeral home social work fills gaps in after-death care...
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Peer researchers are members of a population under study who have a decision-making role or staff position on a research team. Peer researchers are increasingly required for funding proposals to succeed in Canadian HIV/AIDS research, and are strongly recommended for community-based participatory research in other fields. There is a need to better u...
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This study investigates the feasibility and the preliminary efficacy of a Cognitive Stimulating Play Intervention on cognitive functions. Thirty older people with early to moderate dementia were recruited from 2 day-care centers, which were randomized into intervention and control groups. The recruitment, attendance, completion rates, and the inter...
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Epistemic injustice occurs when therapists implicitly and explicitly impose professional and institutional power onto clients. When clients have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, this very fact further complicates and highlights the power disparity within the helping relationship. Inspired by the work of critical philosopher Miranda Fricker on epistemi...
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This article explores how multiple contexts – professional knowledge (e.g. case management), institutional practices (e.g. New Public Management), and mental health policies and legislations (e.g. Mental Health Act) – under neoliberal governance (re)produce ways social workers interact with their clients in moment-to-moment interactions. It is part...
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Using an intersectional approach, this study examines Chinese immigrant mothers’ negotiation between career and family and the role of social support. Based on eight individual interviews with Chinese immigrant mothers in Toronto, we found that their employment opportunities were highly limited by the intersection of immigration status and gender....
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Ruptures, including racial microaggressions, are inevitable in therapy. Because they are subtle and subject to alternative explanations, identifying and illustrating racial microaggressions have been challenging. To critically reflect on such ruptures and ultimately repair the alliance with clients, scholars urge the significance of studying “how”...
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Facilitators, barriers, and epistemology of a sample of peer researchers who worked on a community-based participatory research study on HIV, social work, and brain health.
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This chapter introduces the SSLD (Strategies and Skills Learning and Development) System as a comprehensive model for practice in psychosocial service for seniors. The challenges and issues associated with aging are complex, and involve physical, biological, psychological, social, existential and spiritual dimensions. In order to address them in a...
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en With increasing diversity in therapeutic dyads, there has been renewed attention to the process of ‘joining’ in cross‐cultural encounters. Inspired by discourse analysis, we conducted a close reading of therapy transcripts between a Pakistani immigrant mother‐daughter dyad and a Canadian white female therapist in an outpatient clinic. Our findin...
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Rationale: Recent studies have highlighted higher rates of suicidal ideation and behaviour and associated themes of gender role stress in Chinese women residing in North America. However, qualitative studies, which privilege their voices in the discourse of suicide prevention and provide insight into their experiences, are lacking. Objective: To...
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Over half of all migrants to Canada are under 29 years of age and one quarter arrive as refugees. Studies on occupational achievements and labour market status have been largely ignored in favour of studies on adult migrants rather than on youth. This paper uses data collected from two sources: a national study of newly-arrived newcomer youth livin...
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Finding a job has become a critical challenge to many youth. Immigrant youth, who have been a key part of the global migrants, are particularly vulnerable when entering the job market of the host country due to various structural barriers. However, in both public policy discourse and research, their labour market experience tends to be overlooked....
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We report the views of 33 women who were involved in an altruistic oocyte donation program about provisions under Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction Act 2004 to prohibit donor compensation and to establish a Personal Health Information Registry. The participants had been either donors of oocytes to a recipient known to them (15) or recipients of...
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This anthology collects fifteen years of sexuality research by Petula Sik Ying Ho and A. Ka Tat Tsang, showing how the authors' viewpoints and constructs in sexuality have changed in recent decades, thereby opening more discussion space on sexuality. Ho and Tsang provide an exemplary model of community-based research on sexual and erotic attitudes...
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Suicide research on epidemiology, service utilization, and prevention strategies tend to focus on urban areas, resulting in a conceptualization of suicide that may not be applicable to rural populations. Rural areas have differing geographical, socioeconomic, political, and cultural characteristics that must be considered in the development and imp...
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This paper reports on a Canadian study of the views of 15 women who had altruistically donated oocytes to a friend or a relative for family building and 18 women who had received oocytes donated by a friend or a relative towards disclosure of the donation to both the donor-conceived child and the child(ren) of the donor. Semi-structured interviews...
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We sought the views of women who took part in an altruistic known oocyte donation program to provide insights into the dynamics of known oocyte donation in Canada. Semi-structured interviews were conducted face-to-face or by telephone with 15 Canadian women who had donated oocytes to a friend or a relative for family-building and 18 women who had r...
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Objective: The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the experiences of women who had donated oocytes to a known recipient. Background: Altruistic known donation between friends or family members is the predominant form of oocyte donation in Canada due to legal prohibition of donor compensation. Methods: Data were collected from a ho...
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Research on sexuality among older immigrants is extremely inadequate. This paper presents the results and analysis based on a national survey using a random sample of 2,272 Chinese-Canadian seniors. Self-reported health is examined in relation to a range of demographic as well as sexuality variables. Logistic regression analysis shows that language...
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Based on a larger process-outcome study on cross-cultural clinical practice, this report focuses on the client-practitioner engagement process during the first session in cross-cultural therapy. Nine cases with complete pre- and post-treatment measures, process measures, and verbatim session transcripts were selected. The cases represent a wide var...
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Social work education in China has expanded rapidly since it was reintroduced in 1988. This has led to a growing body of English language literature on the development of social work education in China. However, thus far, this literature lacks an empirical foundation and little research on students' perspectives has been done. To fill this gap, thi...
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The magnitude and speed of social work's development in mainland China is unprecedented in human history. This inevitably gives rise to multiple perspectives on its nature and future development, particularly as part of the international social work discourse. Some of these perspectives are based on unexamined assumptions about China. In the presen...
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This article questions our own use of language in representing, articulating, and communicating Chinese-speaking people's experiences associated with the words `sex' and `sexuality' in the English language. We notice that whenever the elite discourse fails to fully represent the lived experiences of `the people', their own utterances will demonstra...
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This study examined the relationships between culture and the health status of older Chinese in Canada. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews with a cross-sectional, randomly selected sample of 2,272 older Chinese between 55 and 101 years of age in seven Canadian cities. Health status was assessed by the number of chronic illnesses, b...
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Social work education in China has now been reinstated for almost two decades, after it was discontinued in the early 1950s. Due to various reasons, so far, there has not been a standardised social work curriculum in China. This article reports on the first empirical study finished in late 2001. Employing a Delphi technique, 47 social work scholars...
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This study brings in to the open Hong Kong women's suppressed and hidden articulation of their feelings about their sexual body parts. By tracing the heavily regulated and always difficult process by which they came into contact with and related themselves to their sexual body parts, it examines how women were made to develop a sense of self-aliena...
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The article discusses misunderstandings and misattunements that occur in the beginning phase of cross-cultural psychotherapy. Sources of micro ruptures are outlined, including client maladaptive patterns, therapist misunderstandings, cross-cultural misunderstandings due to cultural variations, and asymmetrical power relations involving the impact o...
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Empirical research has not adequately examined whether social workers and clients discuss sociocultural issues when addressing mental health problems, nor the quality of the interaction when such discussion occurs. This exploratory mixed-method study examined the interactional process associated with discussion of sociocultural issues in the first...
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Immigrant women from 5 ethnic-cultural communities (Korean, Hong Kong Chinese, Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada participated in a focus group study (13 focus groups of 102 participants) of Asian immigrant women's conceptions of mental health. Their responses challenge the predominant conceptualizations of men...
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Immigrant women from 5 ethnic-cultural communities (Korean, Hong Kong Chinese, Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada participated in a focus group study (13 focus groups of 102 participants) of Asian immigrant women's conceptions of mental health. Their responses challenge the predominant conceptualizations of men...
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Satellite children are children of ethnically Chinese immigrants to North America who have returned to their country of origin after immigration. Based on interview transcripts of 68 adolescent satellite children, an analysis on the negotiation of ethnic identity was performed using the NUD*IST software. The analysis showed multiple ways of ethnic...
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Cross-cultural counseling practice is characterized by a proliferation of opinions without empirical substantiation. Most research in this area is based on survey or analog studies that do not address practice issues in terms of outcome or actual clinical process. The authors examine issues in cross-cultural counseling and research, using illustrat...
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This article reports on how young women in Hong Kong relate to the penis. A total of nine focus group interviews were conducted at the University of Hong Kong to enable participants to reèect on and talk about their 'experience of the penis'. It is found that despite society's various attempts to restrict their access to the penis, it is very much...
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Hong Kong, as a former British colony, has maintained a doctoral education model based on the British apprentice model. This model has gone through some changes in the post-colonial period since 1997. This paper provides a snapshot of the historical context and current situation of doctoral education in social work. Programs are described with rega...
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Indigenization is a key issue in the development of professional social work in China. Chinese social work scholars have adopted the century-old conceptual formulation of ‘Chinese corpus, western application’ to balance the need for western knowledge and the need for intellectual autonomy. This article explores major current debates on ideology, te...
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Ethnic and cultural identities of people who are not white in North America are conceived as natural and fixed categories. Such conceptualizations are associated with a tendency to take ethnicity as a client characteristic instead of understanding ethnic and cultural differences as constituted by the engagement between social worker and client. Usi...
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This article is about the experience of Chinese gay men in colonial Hong Kong, their relationship with Western partners and their sexual practices. The body of the colonized is a critical space where resistance against the subjection by the colonial intrusion is put up. As their agency and instruments of desire are actively claiming personal and in...
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This paper addresses the gap between clinical practice and clinical research. Adopting a postmodern neopragmatic position, a practice-oriented research model is proposed. This model cuts across the division between paradigmatic and narrative approaches to clinical practice research and integrates quantitative and qualitative research methodologies....
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This paper addresses the gap between clinical practice and clinical research. Adopting a postmodern neopragmatic position, a practice-oriented research model is proposed. This model cuts across the division between paradigmatic and narrative approaches to clinical practice research and integrates quantitative and qualitative research methodologies....
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A study of newcomers from Former Yugoslavia to Ontario, Canada, describes the settlement and adaptation challenges they face, the biggest of which are related to language, employment and cultural change. The author discusses the policy and practice implications of the findings, concluding that a comprehensive settlement policy should be devised tha...
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A study of newcomers from Former Yugoslavia to Ontario, Canada, describes the settlement and adaptation challenges they face, the biggest of which are related to language, employment and cultural change. The author discusses the policy and practice implications of the findings, concluding that a comprehensive settlement policy should be devised tha...
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The terms 'diversity' and 'difference' have gained importance in current social work discourse because of the recognition of the need to respond to an increasingly wide-ranging client base. This article provides a preliminary outline of the elements of an inclusive framework, one capable of comprehending the experience of multiple and simultaneous...
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Increasing diversity of populations in many countries places demands on institutional structures to be responsive to the needs of minority communities. Universities, and especially schools of social work, are expected to be open to these new challenges of diversity. It is argued that inclusiveness should be integrated into the overall strategic res...
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Social workers recognize that they must be knowledgeable and competent cross-cultural practitioners to be relevant and effective. While there is an extensive ideological, theoretical, and clinical literature about race and ethnicity, there is little empirical work to provide practitioners with specific and effective principles and/or procedures for...
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Two alternative explanations of the 'sexual revolution' are contrasted and explored by using two nation-wide surveys undertaken in 1986 and 1988 of high schools students in Taiwan and Hong Kong respectively. One argument suggests the revolution is mainly a result of changes among women; the other argument sees new sexual behaviours still reflect pr...
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Two alternative explanations of the 'sexual revolution' are contrasted and explored by using two nation-wide surveys undertaken in 1986 and 1988 of high schools students in Taiwan and Hong Kong respectively. One argument suggests the revolution is mainly a result of changes among women; the other argument sees new sexual behaviours still reflect pr...
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Ninety-one Chinese in the community, aged between 18 and 45, with mental health problems ranging from mild to moderate degree, were treated by cognitive behavioural group therapy (CBGT) for a period of 3 months. All subjects were assessed on multiple measures at 4 time points: screening, pre-treatment (after 3 months), post-treatment and at 3-month...
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A Chinese calendar savant was investigated on his exceptional proficiency in calendar calculation and his culture-specific talent of converting the Gregorian calendar to the Chinese calendar. Results did not support any one of the hypotheses of eidetic imagery, high-speed calculation, rote memorization, keying-off (anchoring) strategy, use of calen...
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A group of hand injury patients was followed up 2-3 years after their injury. Compared to a non-patient control group hand injury patients were more externally oriented, and reported more psychological symptoms. Based on their General Health Questionnaire scores, the patients were divided into a low score and a high score group. High GHQ scores wer...
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(Uncorrected OCR) ABSTRACT OF THESIS ENTITLED: "PERCEPTION OF TliE FATHER, RELIGIOUS VALUES .'� GUILT FEELING IN PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS." SUBMITTED BY: ADOLF K.T. TtWJG IIJ PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DECREE OF MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE fXBLD OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG 19 79 ABSTR...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Toronto, 1995. Includes bibliographical references.

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- Understand the experience of Chinese immigrants in Canada
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This project aims to study social work in the funeral home setting, through developing related theories, activities, practice models, and online courses. This project will adopt the Strategies & Skills Learning & Development (SSLD) system developed by Dr. A. Ka Tat Tsang of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, in 2005.