The tension between social work values and law: Sexual issues of clients with mental retardation in china

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan, W. C. Cho, X. J. Han, Y. Han, Lijuan Song, C. C. Wang

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Even though the nature of law is to protect the rights of citizens, due to the restrictive nature of some laws and the explorative nature of humans, it is unavoidable that in some cases law intrudes on rights. How social workers should respond when the core value of human rights and immutable law clash is the topic of this paper. A case study of mentally retarded clients with sexual issues will be presented. The diagnosis and classifications, as well as the prevention of mental retardation will be discussed. Law issues related to the sexuality of mentally retarded clients will be discussed. Both Hong Kong law and Mainland China law will be included and compared. Finally, implications for social work from the parents' perspectives, the clients' consideration, modification of the daily routine, practices of social agencies, the importance of having legal knowledge, and the need for crisis management will be examined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Issues in Chinese Contexts
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781536112177
ISBN (Print)9781608761784
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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