About "Life-course Cooperative Care (LCC)" Project

"Life-course Cooperative Care (LCC)" project aims to develop innovative solutions that support family caregivers to preserve, exert, and transform resilient capacities to achieve optimal family functioning and quality of life of family members. Capacity building and belief embodiment for stakeholders, especially family caregivers, are two pillars in the support model. Guided by the life-course perspective, LCC synthetizes empirical evidence on social determinants and effective interventions on parents with young children and adolescent, families taking care of adult members with health needs, and family caregiving for frail older adults in Chinese communities. It also serves as a one-stop platform for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the public to acquire knowledge on statistics of care needs, caregivers' challenges, available interventions, and relevant publications, policies and news.


The mission of LCC is to make family caregiving more effective, beneficial, functional and yet also affordable and practical under the support and care of the whole society.


LCC advocates the following perspectives to advance our understanding on family caregiving:

  • A life-course perspective
  • Family empowerment and capacity building
  • Cooperation across sectors
  • Optimal family functioning and quality of life

Research Team

Dr. LOU W.Q. Vivian Research Areas:
Social gerontology, Social support, Long-term care, Family caregiving
Dr. TSANG K.M. Sandra Research Areas:
Parent education, Children with special educational needs, Children and youth development, Drug prevention
Prof. CHAN L.W. Cecilia Research Areas:
Body-mind-spirit wellbeing, Health and social work, Death Bereavement, Empowerment intervention
Dr. CHAN H.Y. Celia Research Areas:
Infertility counselling, Psychodermatolgy, Health and social care, Integrated Body-mind-spirit Intervention Model
Dr. CHAN S.M. Jessie Research Areas:
Qigong exercise, Psychological well-being
Dr. CHOW Y.M. Amy Research Areas:
Bereavement, End-of-life care, Life and death education
Prof. HO T.H. Rainbow Research Areas:
Psychophysiological mechanisms, Psychosocial interventions, Expressive and creative arts therapy, Biomarkers
Prof. LUM Y.S. Terry Research Areas:
Social policy, Long term care, Productive ageing, Gerontology
Dr. RAN M.S. Research Areas:
Social development and mental health, Community mental health, Health and mental health social work; Family Intervention; Suicide
Prof. TSE S.K. Samson Research Areas:
Interventions for severe mental illness and gambling disorders, Mental health recovery
Prof. WONG F.K. Daniel Research Areas:
Cognitive behavioral therapy, Mental health counselling, Migration and mental health, Community mental health

Research Areas

Family caregiving across the life span:

  • Children (ordinary preschool, ADHD, autism, special learning difficulties, intellectual disability, eczema);
  • Youth (taking drug);
  • Adults (lung cancer, mixed cancer, mental illness or mood disorder, and schizophrenia); and
  • Old adults (dementia, disability/chronic diseases, end-of-life, and stroke).


Stanley Ho Alumni Challenge (SHAC) Matched Fund


Cheng, F. K, & Tse, S. (2015). Applying the Buddhist Four Immeasurables to Mental Health Care: A Critical Review. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 34:1, 24-50.
Cheung, K. S. L., Lau, B. H. P., Wong, P. W. C., Leung, A. Y. M., Lou, V. W. Q., Chan, G. M. Y., & Schulz, R. (2015). Multicomponent intervention on enhancing dementia caregiver well‐being and reducing behavioral problems among Hong Kong Chinese: a translational study based on REACH II. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30(5), 460-469.
Cheung, C. S., Chan, C. H., & Ng, E. H. (2013). Stress and anxiety-depression levels following first-trimester miscarriage: a comparison between women who conceived naturally and women who conceived with assisted reproduction. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 120(9), 1090-1097.
Choy, J. C. P., & Lou, V. W. Q. (2016). Effectiveness of the Modified Instrumental Reminiscence Intervention on Psychological Well-Being Among Community-Dwelling Chinese Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(1), 60-69.
Fong, T. C., & Ho, R. T. (2015). Re-examining the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer Scale in a sample of 364 Chinese cancer patients. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(2), 353-358.
Ho, R. T. H., Chan, C. K. P., Lo, P. H. Y., Wong, P. H., Chan, C. L. W., Leung, P. P. Y, & Chen, E. Y. H. (2016). Understandings of Spirituality and its Role in Illness Recovery in persons with Schizophrenia and Mental-health Professionals: A Qualitative Study. BMC Psychiatry, 16:86, DOI 10.1186/s12888-016-0796-7.
Ho, R. T., Fong, T. C., Cheung, I. K., Yip, P. S., & Luk, M. Y. (2016). Effects of a Short-Term Dance Movement Therapy Program on Symptoms and Stress in Patients With Breast Cancer Undergoing Radiotherapy: A Randomized, Controlled, Single-Blind Trial. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(5), 824-831.
Ho, R. T., Fong, T. C., Wan, A. H., AU-YEUNG, F. S., Wong, C. P., Ng, W. Y., Cheung, I. K., Lo, P. H., Ng, S. M., Chan, C. L., & Chen, E. Y. (2016). A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Psychophysiological Effects of Physical Exercise and Tai-chi in Patients with Chronic Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 171(1-3), 42-49.
Ho, R. T., Lo, P. H., & Luk, M. Y. (2016). A Good Time to Dance? A Mixed-Methods Approach of the Effects of Dance Movement Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients During and After Radiotherapy. Cancer Nursing, 39(1), 32-41.
Ho, R. T., Cheung, J. K., Chan, W. C., Cheung, I. K., & Lam, L. C. (2015). A 3-arm Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effects of Dance Movement Intervention and Exercises on Elderly with Early Dementia. BMC Geriatrics, 15: 127.
Ho, R. T., & Fong, T. C. (2014). Factor structure of the Chinese version of the Pittsburgh sleep quality index in breast cancer patients. Sleep Medicine, 15(5), 565-569.
Leung, C., Tsang, S., Ng, G. S., & Choi, S. (2016). Efficacy of Parent–Child Interaction Therapy With Chinese ADHD Children: Randomized Controlled Trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 1049731516643837.
Leung, C., Chan, S., Lam, T., Yau, S., Tsang, S. (2016). The Effect of Parent Education Program for Preschool Children with Developmental Disabilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 56, 18-28.
Leung, C., Tsang, S., & Kwan, H. (2015). Efficacy of a Universal Parent Training Program (HOPE-20): Cluster randomized controlled trial. Research on Social Work Practice, July(17), 1-15. doi:10.1177/1049731515593810
Leung, C., Tsang, S., & Lo, C. (2015). Evaluation of Parent and Child Enhancement (PACE) program: Randomized controlled trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 1049-7315. doi:1049731515578882
Leung, C., Tsang, S., & Heung, K. (2014). The effectiveness of Healthy Start Home Visit program: Cluster randomized controlled trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(3), 322-333. doi:1049731514533390
Leung, C., Tsang, S., & Heung, K. (2014). The effectiveness of Healthy Start Home Visit program: Cluster randomized controlled trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(3), 322-333. doi:1049731514533390
Li, J., Chan, J. S., Chow, A. Y., Yuen, L. P., & Chan, C. L. (2015). From Body to Mind and Spirit: Qigong Exercise for Bereaved Persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-Like Illness. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 631410. doi: 10.1155/2015/631410
Lou, V. W. Q., Au, J. W. N., & Choy, J. C. P. (2016). Enhancing Homework Adherence of Chinese older adults: A Case Study Using Instrumental Reminiscence Intervention. Geriatrics & Gerontology International, 16(10), 1153-1160.
Lou, V. W. Q., Lau, B. H.-P., & Cheung, K. S.-L. (2014). Positive aspects of caregiving (PAC): Scale validation among Chinese dementia caregivers (CG). Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 60(2), 299-306.
Lou, V. W. Q., & Ci, Q. Y. (2014). Ageing under the one-child policy: Long-term care needs and policy choices in urban China. International Journal of Public Policy, 10(4-5), 231-242.
Lu, N., Liu, J.,. & Lou, V. W. Q. (2015). Caring for frail elders with musculoskeletal conditions and family caregivers' subjective well-being: The role of multidimensional caregiver burden. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 61(3), 411-418.
Ran, M.S., Chui, C.H.K., Wong, I.Y.L., Mao, W.J., Lin, F.R., Liu, B., Chan, C.L.W. (2016). Family caregivers and outcome of people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 51: 513-520.
Ran, M.-S., Chan, C.-W., Ng, S.-M., Guo, L.-T., & Xiang, M.-Z. (2015). The effectiveness of psychoeducational family intervention for patients with schizophrenia in a 14-year follow-up study in a Chinese rural area. Psychological medicine, 45(10), 2197-2204.
Rentala, S., Fong, T. C., Nattala, P., Chan, C. L., Konduru, R. (2015). Effectiveness of Body-mind Spirit Intervention on Well-being, Functional Impairment and Quality of Life among Depressive Patients – A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(9), 2153-2163.
Slade, M., Amering, M., Farkas, M., Hamilton, B., O'Hagan, M., Panther, G., Perkins, R., Shepherd, G., Tse, S., & Whitley, R. (2014). Uses and Abuses of Recovery: Implementing Recovery-oriented Practices in Mental Health Systems. World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), 13(1), 12-20.
Tang, J. Y., Ho, A. H., Luo, H., Wong, G. H., Lau, B. H., Lum, T. Y., & Cheung, K. S. (2016). Validating a Cantonese short version of the Zarit Burden Interview (CZBI-Short) for dementia caregivers. Aging & Mental Health, 20(9), 996-1001.
Tse, S., & Ng, R. M. K. (2014). Applying a Mental Health Recovery Approach for People from Diverse Background: The Case of Collectivism and Individualism Paradigms. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, 1(1):7-13.
Tse, S., Chan, S., Ng, K. L., & Yatham, L. N. (2014). Meta-analysis of Predictors of Favorable Employment Outcomes among Individuals with Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 16(3), 217-229.
Tse, S., Ran, M. S., Huang, Y., & Zhu, S. (2013). Mental Health Care Reforms in Asia: The Urgency of Now: Building a Recovery-oriented, Community Mental Health Service in China. Psychiatric Services, 64(7), 613-616.
Tse, S., Murray, G., Chung, K.-F., Davidson, L., Ng, K.-L., & Yu, C. H. (2013). Exploring the Recovery Concept in Bipolar Disorder: A Decision Tree Analysis of Psychosocial Correlates of Recovery Stages. Bipolar Disorders, 16(4), 366-377.
Tsoi, E., Lo, I., Chan, C., Siu, K., & Tse, S. (2014). How Recovery Oriented are Mental Health Services in Hong Kong? Snapshots of service users' perspectives. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 24(1-2), 82-93.
Wong, D. F. K., Lee, E., & Cheng, S. Y. P. (2013). Cognitive-behavioural therapy for parenting stress and emotions, City University Press.
Wong, D. F. K., Lam, A. Y. K., Chan, S. K., & Chan, S. F. (2012). Quality of life of caregivers with relatives suffering from mental illness in Hong Kong: Roles of caregiver characteristics, caregiving burdens, and satisfaction with psychiatric services. Health and quality of life outcomes, 10(1), 1-9.
Zhu, S., Tse, S., Cheung, S.-H, & Oyserman, D. (2014). Will I get there? Effects of parental support on children's possible selves. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 84(3), 435-453.


Special acknowledgement is extended to Mr. Xueming XU for his contribution of the calligraphy to make the website logo.

Mr. Xu followed calligraphers (Sen Zhang, Zheng Ren, Jianbai Zhou) in learning calligraphy since the age of 18, and also learnt seal carving afterwards. Being widely recognized, he is currently President of Hong Kong Hard Pen Calligraphists' Association, External Vice President of Hong Kong Calligraphers' Association, and Executive Council Member of Chinese hard-pen calligraphy Association.