Gerard Chung

Gerard Chung
National University of Singapore | NUS · Social Service Research Centre

Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work)

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Introduction
I am a research fellow at the Social Service Research Centre, National University Singapore. My interest is in intervention research and in parenting with a focus on vulnerable families in the community. I was an Injury and Violence Prevention Fellow with UNC (where I also got my doctoral degree) and an Ee Peng Liang Scholar with NUS. I used quantitative statistical methods and is keen to advance computational social science in social work research. My personal website is at gerardchung.com
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - present
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
January 2015 - July 2017

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Publications (34)
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Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, “Circuit-breaker” safety distancing was implemented in Singapore from April to May 2020. Schools and workplaces were closed and parents had to balance telecommuting with parenting responsibilities. Coupled with the high degree of economic uncertainty and reduced social support, these circumstances are...
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Intensive Alternative Family Treatment (IAFT®) is an enhanced therapeutic foster care program that serves children and youth at risk for entry into a more restrictive level of care. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of IAFT in reducing first entry into psychiatric residential treatment compared to usual care. We linked IAFT...
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The US federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an economic support program for low- and moderate-income workers. About 80% of individuals eligible for the EITC participate in the program. However, improving awareness and full uptake of the EITC program has proven a challenge, and few studies have examined factors associated with EITC participati...
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Open-ended survey questions crucially contribute to researchers’ understandings of respondents’ experiences. However, analyzing open-ended responses using human coders is labor-intensive. Structural topic modeling (STM) is a text mining method that discover topics from textual data. We demonstrate the use of STM to analyze open-ended survey respons...
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Analysis on challenges faced by social service agencies and social service practitioners, social workers, counselors during COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore
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An exploratory study on how the local news media reported on the type of challenges experienced by SSAs during the pandemic. Social Service Research Centre
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This study examined how 7th to 12th-grade students’ educational aspirations influenced their school engagement and grade point average (GPA) a year later. Using data (n = 4368) from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, this study used propensity score matching to address confounders due to family, parenting, and individual...
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Parents' use of spanking with infants and toddlers is of concern because this early onset of spanking may escalate over early childhood heightening the risk for child abuse. This study has two goals. First, using latent growth modelling, we examined the changes in parents' use of spanking across 6 years starting from infancy. Second, we identified...
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Background Trauma-informed parenting interventions have been used in child welfare to help caregivers respond to children in trauma-informed ways that can mitigate the effects of maltreatment and build strong caregiver-child relationships. Existing studies support their effectiveness with children and youth involved in the child welfare system. How...
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Objective: Open-ended survey questions crucially contribute to researchers’ understandings of respondents’ experiences. However, analyzing open-ended responses using human coders is labor-intensive and prone to inconsistencies. Structural topic modeling (STM) is a text mining method that discover topics from textual data. We demonstrate the use of...
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This study used longitudinal data to examine the transactional associations between mothers’ spanking and mother–child relationship quality with children’s externalizing behaviors in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV). Data came from a sample of 1,152 low-income mothers with children age 10–14 years. Results showed that past-year IPV tr...
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Children and youth with high behavioral health needs can receive care in a psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF). Overutilization of PRTFs is concerning because they are highly restrictive and costly residential care settings. Intensive Alternative Family Treatment (IAFT®) is an intensive therapeutic foster care program combined with se...
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Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs deliver comprehensive early childhood services in the U.S. to support low-income families to improve a range of early childhood outcomes and to develop positive parenting and parent-child relationships. From the beginning of the program, increasing fathers’ involvement with their children in HS/EHS has...
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Ee Peng Liang MF Seminar "Parenting and Coping During COVID-19"
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The Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Parenting and Children’s Externalizing Behaviors: Transactional Processes Over Time.
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Parenting During COVID-19
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Treatment trials are useful for answering the question "Does this intervention work?". But it is also useful for asking "For whom does the intervention work for?" We use a data-driven method, Model-based Recursive Partitioning (MOB) to examine treatment moderators of a trauma-informed parenting intervention for children in foster care. MOB is a...
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Open-ended survey questions are used to gather new information about an experience or topic or to explain or clarify quantitative findings. But analysis of open-ended data are relatively rare and when conducted are almost exclusively done through human coding. This study uses a text-analytical method, structural topic modeling, to analyze text da...
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Objective: To identify profiles of parents' work-family balance (WFB) and social support and examine their links with parenting stress and marital conflict. Background: As part of the "Circuit-breaker" social distancing measure to address COVID-19, the government of Singapore closed schools and workplaces from April-May 2020. Although this helped r...
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Purpose: Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, "Circuit-breaker" safety distancing was implemented in Singapore from April to May 2020. Schools and workplaces were closed and parents had to balance telecommuting with parenting responsibilities. Coupled with the high degree of economic uncertainty and reduced social support, these circumst...
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Research Brief on Parenting During COVID-19 Circuit-breaker in Singapore
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A Research Brief on Parenting in Singapore During COVID-19unc
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Fathers' parenting during Circuit Breaker COVID-19 Pandemic in Singapore
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Objective The purpose of this systematic review was to synthesize quantitative or mixed-method studies that evaluate the efficacy of interventions with youth in the context of psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTFs) in the United States. Methods Systematic review procedures were conducted to identify relevant studies, both published a...
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Objectives The father–child relationship is an important factor in child development. Improving protective factors for fathers, such as access to social support, is one strategy to enhance these critical relationships. Few studies have examined parenting strategies for fathers specifically, and fewer have examined programs delivered in early childh...
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Families under multiple stresses present a challenge that requires coordinated multiple helping hands. Drawing on the baseline data, this paper profiles >200 multistressed families (MF) who entered into a specific enhancement programme in Singapore and compares the sociodemographies, family functioning and resilience of the children between transna...
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Parental involvement in their adolescents' education plays an important role in promoting their children's academic outcomes. Yet, more research is needed to examine the relationship between parenting practices and parental warmth as well as to consider the potential joint contribution of warmth from both fathers and mothers. Thus, the primary purp...

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Projects (9)
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Various exploratory studies using textual data from news and organizational annual reports to understand challenges faced and experiences of SSAs in Singapore during the pandemic and before the pandemic.
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A quarterly issue from Social Service Research Centre, National University of Singapore to share research findings, exciting projects and matters of interest to the social service community in a bite-size format.