Family, Child, Youth, and Ageing Studies

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Professor and Associate Head

MPhil (CUHK)



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Family violence with particular focus on elder abuse
elder sexuality
dementia care


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Foundations in Behavioral and Social Sciences
Abnormal Psychology
History and Contemporary Issues in Psychology


Selected Publications:
Yan, E. (2015). Elder abuse and help seeking behavior in older Chinese people in Hong Kong. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(15):2683-708. doi: 10.1177/0886260514553628
Yan, E., Chan, E. & Tiwari, A. (2015). A Systematic Review of Prevalence and Risk Factors for Elder Abuse in Asia. Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 16(2):199-219. doi: 10.1177/1524838014555033
Yan, E. (2014). Abuse of Older Persons with Dementia by Family Caregivers: Results of a Six-Month Prospective Study in Hong Kong. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 29(10), 1018-1027. doi: 10.1002/gps.4092.
Yan, E. & Lee, C.F. (2013). Measurement properties and factor structure of the Chinese version Ageing Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale (ASKAS). Asian Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology, 8, 78-84.
Yan, E. & Chan, K. L. (2012). Prevalence and correlates of intimate partner violence among older Chinese couples in Hong Kong. International Psychogeriatrics, 24, 1437-46. doi: 10.1017/S1041610212000294.
Yan, E., Wu, A.M.S., Ho, P., & Pearson, V. (2011). Older Chinese men and women’s experience and understanding of sexuality. Culture, Heath & Sexuality, 13, 983-1000. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2011.605471.
Yan, E., & Kwok, T. (2010). Abuse of older Chinese with dementia by their family caregivers: An inquiry into the role of caregiver burden. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26, 527-535. doi: 10.1002/gps.2561.
Yan, E., Tang, C., Chung, T. (2010). Validation of the Perinatal Grief Scale for use in Chinese women who have experienced recent reproductive loss. Death Studies, 34, 151-171. doi:10.1080/07481180903492539.
Yan, E., Kwok, T., Lee, D.T.F., Tang, C. (2009). The prevalence and correlates of the use of restraint and force in older hospital patients: A study of nurses and nursing assistants in Hong Kong. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 1, 147–155.
Yan, E., Kwok, T., Tang, C., & Ho, F. (2007). Factors associated with life satisfaction of personal care workers delivering dementia care in day care centers. Social Work in Health Care, 46(1), 27-45. doi: 10.1300/J010v46n01_03.
Yan, E., & Tang, C. (2007). Spousal support as a resilience factor in mitigating Chinese women’s grief reaction to reproductive loss. Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies, 8(1), 27-45.

Guest Editorials
Yan, E. (2014). Elder Abuse in Chinese Populations. Journal of Adult Protection. Journal of Adult Protection, 16(5). United Kingdom: Emerald.
Yan, E & Brownwell, P. (2015). Neglect, Abuse and Violence against Older Women. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. Taylor and Francis.

Invited Presentations
Yan, E. (2014). Elder abuse and cultural diversity: Implications for research and practices. Seminar presented for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
Yan, E. (2013). Elder Abuse in Asia. IOM workshop on elder abuse and its prevention. Institute of Medicine, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Yan, E. (2013). Expert Group Meeting on Neglect, Abuse and Violence in Older Women. United Nations Expert Group Meeting. United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.


Current Research Projects :
PI - RGC GRF Funding: University Grants Committee: Caregiver stress and potentially harmful behaviors: A study of family caregivers of older Chinese with dementia. (HKU 751113H). Awarded: HKD 402,000. Year of Award: 2014

PI - Cadenza: Evaluation of an elder abuse intervention program. Awarded: HKD 1,163,000. Year of Award: 2010


Professional & Community Service:
American Psychosomatic Society

Asian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

CADENZA: A Jockey Club Initiative for Seniors

Gerontological Society of America

Hong Kong Psychological Society

Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Medicine

International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse

Sau Po Centre on Ageing, University of Hong Kong