Piecing together family social work in Mainland China

Boon Wee Timothy Sim

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As rapid economic and sociopolitical development brings about drastic changes in family structure and processes in China, many social concerns arise. Through a review of journal articles published over a period of 28 years (1979-2006) in social work and related disciplines in China, this article presents a glimpse of family social work using the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) database. The result is despairing, in that only a small number of articles on family social work were found. Given social work's traditionally strong belief in the family, as well as the strong emphasis on the family in China, the social work profession can contribute to China's social development through strengthening family social work and family policy. Nevertheless, this article argues for family social work to be sensitive to the cultural needs and characteristics of families in China, instead of imposing Western theories and interventions as if families come in just one size and shape.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-462
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


  • China
  • Chinese
  • Family social work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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