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A Psychological Intervention to Enhance Resilience in Mainland New Immigrants to Hong Kong

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2016 by City University of Hong Kong
International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nancy Xiaonan Yu, City University of Hong Kong Identifier:
First received: November 29, 2016
Last updated: December 5, 2016
Last verified: December 2016


Resilience is important for successful adaptation. The investigators' resilience intervention was effective in enhancing resilience, emotional functioning, and adaptation in Mainland immigrants. In the present proposal, the investigators will work with the International Social Service to scale up application of this intervention in immigrants, and develop the training infrastructure to ensure that the evidence-based intervention can be sustained despite turnover of interventionists.


  1. To deliver the resilience intervention to 200 new immigrants,
  2. To enhance their resilience by 5%, and decrease their depressive symptoms by 20% and adaptation difficulties by 10% after the completion of the intervention, and
  3. To establish a sustaining mechanism which ensures that this intervention can continue to be used in routine services.

Project design:

Well-trained social workers will deliver the intervention. Participants will complete programme evaluation. A train-the-trainer workshop and training materials will be prepared to transfer knowledge to social workers who are future trainers.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Resilience
Behavioral: Information

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Psychological Intervention to Enhance Resilience in Mainland New Immigrants to Hong Kong

Further study details as provided by City University of Hong Kong:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Resilience as assessed by Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depressive symptoms as assessed by Patient-Health Questionnaire-9 [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
  • Adaptation difficulties as assessed by Sociocultural Adaptation Scale [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: November 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Resilience
Participants will receive four sessions covering Resilience intervention content
Behavioral: Resilience
Self-efficacy, optimism, altruism, goal setting
Active Comparator: Resilience+Information
Participants will receive four sessions covering Resilience intervention and Information intervention contents.
Behavioral: Resilience
Self-efficacy, optimism, altruism, goal setting
Behavioral: Information
Information and resources about education, medical care, housing, employment, and community facilities available in Hong Kong and Mainland China

Detailed Description:

The intervention programme has been developed, manualized, and rigorously tested in the investigators' previous study. This programme is largely a replica of the investigators' original programme.

The intervention consists of 4 sessions, each lasting for 2.5 hours. The investigators will promote this intervention programme in new immigrants, and recruit participants by open recruitment, contacting current service users of the community agency, referral and cold call. Orientation gatherings will be organized to screen for eligible immigrants.

Participants will receive four sessions. Unlike most programmes that have not been developed in the community, the investigators have identified some key strategies to reduce attrition during the intervention. Before each session, social workers will call participants to remind them of the coming session. During the intervention, the investigators will provide child care upon participants' request. For those who are unable to attend a specific sessions, social workers will conduct a make-up on the content, and provide general encouragement that attendance of further sessions will bring important gains. During the follow-up period, social workers will send reminder postcards to participants. At the end of the intervention, participants will obtain a certificate in recognition of their participation in this programme. Evaluation will be conducted before the first session (pre-intervention) and immediately after the intervention (post-intervention).


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Immigrants who arrived in Hong Kong from Mainland China less than 3 years ago
  • have least a primary school education

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02986022

Contact: Nancy Xiaonan Yu 34429436

City University of Hong Kong Recruiting
Hong Kong, China
Contact: Nancy Xiaonan Yu, Ph.D.    (852)34429436   
Sponsors and Collaborators
City University of Hong Kong
International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
Principal Investigator: Nancy Xiaonan Yu City University of Hong Kong
  More Information

Responsible Party: Nancy Xiaonan Yu, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong Identifier: NCT02986022     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HCPF2016
Study First Received: November 29, 2016
Last Updated: December 5, 2016
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by City University of Hong Kong:
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