+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

The empowerment model: a critical reflection of empowerment in Chinese culture



The empowerment model: a critical reflection of empowerment in Chinese culture



Social Work 49(3): 479-487



The empowerment model has long dominated social work practice in Western countries. Many social workers in Hong Kong use this model regardless of the social or cultural context. In this article the author shares local social work practice experiences in Hong Kong and suggests that the empowerment model may need adaptation in Chinese communities. An empowerment approach in communities influenced by traditional Chinese culture may result in types of pseudo empowerment: pragmatic empowerment, autocratic empowerment, hidden empowerment, lonely romantic empowerment, and fashionable empowerment. A culturally sensitive empowerment model for Chinese communities may have to be gradual and harmonious and empower both the individual and his or her significant others.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 050627626

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 15281703

DOI: 10.1093/sw/49.3.479


Related references

Impact of critical social empowerment on psychological empowerment and job satisfaction in nursing and midwifery settings. Journal of Nursing Management 18(1): 24-34, 2011

Assessing Women Empowerment in Africa: A Critical Review of the Challenges of the Gender Empowerment Measure of the UNDP. Psychology & Developing Societies 27(1): 58-80, 2015

Empowerment reform, yes but empowerment of whom? Fisheries decentralization reforms in developing countries: a critical assessment with specific reference to poverty reduction. Aquatic Resources, Culture and Development 1(1): 35-49, 2004

A survey on the effect of implementation of a family-centered empowerment model on blood pressure and empowerment dimensions in the elderly people with hypertension. Journal of Education and Health Promotion 4: 94, 2015

Still learning: a critical reflection on three years of measuring women's empowerment in Oxfam. Gender & Development 22(2): 253-269, 2014

Power as agency: A critical reflection on the measurement of womens empowerment in the development sector. World Development 106: 111-123, 2018

Health promotion and empowerment: a reflection based on critical-social and post-structuralist perspectives. Ciencia & Saude Coletiva 13 Suppl 2: 2029-2040, 2008

An empirical test of the Health Empowerment Model: Does patient empowerment moderate the effect of health literacy on health status?. Patient Education and Counseling 101(3): 511-517, 2017

The effect of a psychological empowerment program based on psychodrama on empowerment perception and burnout levels in oncology nurses: Psychological empowerment in oncology nurses. Palliative & Supportive Care 14(04): 393-401, 2016

The effect of a psychological empowerment program based on psychodrama on empowerment perception and burnout levels in oncology nurses: Psychological empowerment in oncology nurses. Palliative and Supportive Care 14(4): 393-401, 2017

Parental Empowerment: Construct Validity and Reliability of a Dutch Empowerment Questionnaire (EMPO). Journal of Child and Family Studies 26(2): 424-436, 2017

Patient empowerment: a systematic review of questionnaires measuring empowerment in cancer patients. Acta Oncologica 56(2): 156-165, 2017

Measuring Empowerment: Development and Validation of the Service User Psychological Empowerment Scale. Journal of Social Service Research 42(5): 651-664, 2016

Transformational leadership, empowerment, and job satisfaction: the mediating role of employee empowerment. Human Resources for Health 14(1): 73, 2017

The relationship between structural empowerment and psychological empowerment for nurses: a systematic review. Journal of Nursing Management 18(4): 448-462, 2010