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Article: Recovery, Hope and Agency: The Meaning of Hope amongst Chinese Users of Mental Health Services in the UK

TitleRecovery, Hope and Agency: The Meaning of Hope amongst Chinese Users of Mental Health Services in the UK
Authors
KeywordsChinese
Ethnic minorities
Hope
Inequalities
Mental health
Recovery
Issue Date2019
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
The British Journal of Social Work, 2019, v. 49 n. 2, p. 282-299 How to Cite?
AbstractHope is considered crucial to mental health recovery. However, the manner in which social inequalities shape individuals’ meaning of hope has received little attention. Based on a close analysis of the recovery journeys of six Chinese service users in the UK, this paper explores the diverse meanings of hope among service users from non-dominant cultures. Illustrative stories are selected from in-depth life history interviews conducted with twenty-two participants. Based on the capabilities approach and intersectionality analysis, the findings reveal a paradox of hope and show how hope can be embraced, cautiously pursued or held at bay by individuals. Whilst hope is one expression of human agency, service users with reservations about hope maintain agency in other ways, despite their diminished life chances. This paper argues for an increased focus on individuals’ agency development to support recovery and advocates for the challenging of inequalities to achieve this.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/269485
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 1.746
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.771
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dc.contributor.authorTang, L-
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-24T08:08:41Z-
dc.date.available2019-04-24T08:08:41Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationThe British Journal of Social Work, 2019, v. 49 n. 2, p. 282-299-
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/269485-
dc.description.abstractHope is considered crucial to mental health recovery. However, the manner in which social inequalities shape individuals’ meaning of hope has received little attention. Based on a close analysis of the recovery journeys of six Chinese service users in the UK, this paper explores the diverse meanings of hope among service users from non-dominant cultures. Illustrative stories are selected from in-depth life history interviews conducted with twenty-two participants. Based on the capabilities approach and intersectionality analysis, the findings reveal a paradox of hope and show how hope can be embraced, cautiously pursued or held at bay by individuals. Whilst hope is one expression of human agency, service users with reservations about hope maintain agency in other ways, despite their diminished life chances. This paper argues for an increased focus on individuals’ agency development to support recovery and advocates for the challenging of inequalities to achieve this.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofThe British Journal of Social Work-
dc.subjectChinese-
dc.subjectEthnic minorities-
dc.subjectHope-
dc.subjectInequalities-
dc.subjectMental health-
dc.subjectRecovery-
dc.titleRecovery, Hope and Agency: The Meaning of Hope amongst Chinese Users of Mental Health Services in the UK-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailTang, L: lynntang@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcy033-
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dc.identifier.hkuros297487-
dc.identifier.volume49-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage282-
dc.identifier.epage299-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000462720700002-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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