Models for Working with Young People

Francis Wing-lin Lee

in Nurturing Pillars of Society

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028801
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207226 | DOI:
Models for Working with Young People

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In Western countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, favor has veered away from utilizing the Deficit Model of youth work—one that reflects the young people's negative perceptions. However, the underlying values of the model, as well as a fundamental assumptions, are still applied in Hong Kong in terms of youth work development. Traditional social welfare views—in which social welfare mostly concerns people in need of assistance as they are unable to take care of themselves—are related to the development of this model. It is pointed out in this chapter that this model appears to be negative towards those who do not have the capacity to help themselves, and the chapter attempts to look into some of the assumptions and values related to this model.

Keywords: Deficit Model; youth work development; negative perceptions; values; assumptions; traditional social welfare views

Chapter.  5529 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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