The construction of identity: a case study of elder volunteers in a multi service center.
Chinese University of Hong Kong Graduate School. Division of Sociology.
Older people--China--Hong Kong--Psychology
Older volunteers in social service
Older volunteers in social service--China--Hong Kong
Social work with older people
Social work with older people--China--Hong Kong
Identity (Philosophical concept)
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Thesis (M.Phil.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2001.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 207-215).
Abstracts in English and Chinese.
ABSTRACT --- p.i
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT --- p.iv
CONTENTS --- p.vi
Chapter CHAPTER 1 --- Introduction: Problematic Endeavour of Identity in Old Age --- p.1
Chapter 1.1 --- Prologue
Chapter 1.2 --- Segmentation of Life Stages
Chapter 1.3 --- Blurring of Life Stages
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