A Supported Employment program for people with Mental Illness in Hong Kong

Authors: Wong, K. K., Chiu, R., Tang, B., Mak, D., Liu, J., & Chiu, S. N.
Year Published 2004
Publication American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Volume 7
Number 1
Pages 83-96
Publisher Routledge, Taylor and Francis

People with mental illness have high rates of unemployment and underemployment. Hong Kong is interested in investigating new ways to assist this population with employment. Research is needed.


The purpose of this article is to report on the vocational outcomes of people with mental illness participating in a supported employment (SE) program in Hong Kong.


The setting was community vocational rehabilitation providers and various places of business in Hong Kong.


The study sample included 748 individuals with mental illness who enrolled in supported employment programs in Hong Kong.

Data Collection

Employment data was collected on participants, including wages and job tenure was collected.


There was no control or comparison group.


Of the 748 participants, 458 (61.2%) obtained competitive employment. The mean job tenure was 151 days. The mean salary was HK$4,561 (US$585.00) for full-time jobs and $2,368 (US$304.00) for part-time jobs. The majority of participants (62.4%) could sustain their job placement for more than 30 days, 110 (24.0%) participants could work for more than six months, and 59 (12.9%) could maintain their jobs for more than one year.


This study concluded that IPS programs could improve vocational outcomes for people with mental illness in Hong Kong. Recommendations for future research on evaluation of the effectiveness of SE program and for further development of SE in Hong Kong were suggested.

URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15487760490465004
Disabilities Emotional disturbance
Populations Asian | Male & Female
Outcomes Employment acquisition | Increase in tenure | Wages | Other
Research Design Quasi-experimental
Peer Reviewed Yes