Cyber youth work in Hong Kong: Specific and yet the same

Chuen Suen Leung, Stella S.K. Wong, Siu Wai Lit, Charlie Chan, Fabia Cheung, Pui Ling Wong

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Social media does not just lead to new ways of social participation; it creates new opportunities for serving difficult-to-reach groups in the community. This study examined the experiences and processes of a pioneering cyber youth work project working with young people involved in drug use and the sex trade in Hong Kong. A thematic analysis of online communication records and interviews of social workers and clients was conducted to determine the relating factors concerned, namely, ‘social presence’, ‘autonomy and ‘privacy’, ‘use of text and media’, and ‘time dimension’. The results suggest practice insights for youth workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1286-1300
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


  • Drug use
  • Hong Kong
  • sex trade
  • social work and information technology
  • youth work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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