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Yueh-Ching (Ching) Chou

Institute of Health & Welfare Policy, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Yueh-Ching (Ching) Chou

I identify myself not only as a researcher but also a practitioner and an activist advocating disabled people’s opportunities to live independently in the community.

Before I completed my Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota, I had been a social worker in Taipei City and a care worker at an institution for people with intellectual disability (ID) and at a nursing home for frail older people in Taiwan.

My doctoral thesis focused on an intervention developed for families who had a child with ID. Intervention development and program evaluation has since become my research expertise.

My research work has been linked with my involvement in the disability movement and in close co-operation with organisations of disabled people. I also employ inclusive and emancipatory research paradigm in which disabled people are in an influential position. My research has extended, for example, to sexual rights of people with ID and to reconciliation between paid work and unpaid caring among mothers of children with ID. My recent research focuses on disabled and older people’s independent living, the interdependence between disabled people and their migrant workers, older parental/maternal carers of ageing offspring with ID, unmet care needs/care poverty among disabled people living in the community, and life stories of people with ID.

I am a co-editor of the International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) since 2017. Since 2017, I am also a Scientific Committee Member of the international Transforming Care Network and of its biennial Transforming Care Conferences.


Countries Taiwan, RoC;
Topics Access to care; Ageing in place; Care inequalities; Care needs poverty and deprivation; Care work and migration; Community-based LTC; Deinstitutionalisation; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Gender and care; LTC and people with learning disabilities; LTC Policy; LTC Systems; Outcomes for unpaid/informal carers; Rights and people’s voices in LTC systems; Survey measures; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Comparative policy analysis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Quantitative data analysis; Quasi-experimental methods; Questionnaire; Surveys; Thematic analysis; Trials and other evaluations;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Long-Term Care Policy; Quasi-experimental methods;
Research interests

mother carers of children with disabilities,  care and work reconciliation among mothers of offspring with disabilities, health and women with disabilities, personal assistance, deinstitutionalisation, disabled people and migrant care workers, cross national comparative studies, intervention research

Key publications

Chou, Y. C.*, Uwano, T., Chen, B. W., Sarai, K., Linh, N. D., Chou, C. J., Mongkolsawadi, S., & Tung, N. T. (2024). Accessing disability rights in four Asian countries: The perspectives of disabled people on physical, attitudinal and cultural barriers. Political Geography, 108.

Chou, Y. C.*, Chen, B.-W., & Kröger, T. (2023) Lost in translation: implementing personal assistance in an East Asian context, Disability & Society, 38(4),587-609, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2021.1930517

Chou, Y. C.*, & Kröger, T. (2022). Ageing in place together: Older parents and ageing offspring with intellectual disability. Ageing and Society,42(2), 480-494. [SSCI/Q2]

Hu, B., & Chou, Y. C.* (2022). Care poverty among older people in East Asia: A comparison of unmet care needs between China and Taiwan, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 102, September–October 104738. (corresponding author) [SCI/Q2]

Chen, B.W., Chou, Y. C., Chi, H.C. (2022). Unpacking the cultural paradox of attentive care for institutionalized people with intellectual disabilities. Health & Place. 2022;102821.

Chou, C.*, & Chou, Y.-C. (2021). The long-term care system in Taiwan. CRC 1342 Social Policy Country Briefs, CRC 1342, Bremen.

Chou, Y. C.*, Lu, Z.-Y., Chen, B.-W., & Lin, C.-J. (2020). Awareness of sexual rights and empowerment: Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of a sexual health intervention for adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Sex Research, 57(9), 1202-1216.

Chou, Y. C.*, Lu, Z. Y. J., Chen, B. W., & Lin, C. J. (2019). ‘Transformed rights’ sexual health programme evaluation for the parents and service workers of adults with an intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 1125-1136.

Chou, Y. C.*, Kröger, T., & Pu, C.-Y. (2018). Underemployment among mothers of children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31,152–158.

Chou, Y. C*., Z, J., Lu & Lin, C. C. (2018). Comparison of attitudes to sexual health of men and women with intellectual disabilities among parents, professionals and the university students. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 43(2), 164-173.

Chou, Y. C.*, & Kröger, T. (2017). Application of the ICF in Taiwan — Victory of the medical model? Disability & Society, 32(7), 1043-1064.

Chou, Y. C.*, Kröger, T., & Pu, C. Y. (2017). Underemployment among mothers of children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, on line

Chou, Y. C.*. Pfau-Effinger, B., Kröger, T., & Ranci, C. (2017). Impact of care responsibilities on women’s employment: A comparison between European and East Asian welfare states. European Societies, 19(2), 157-177. (EUFP7 FLOW project)

Chou, Y. C.*, Kröger,, & Pu, C. Y. (2016). Universal breadwinner vs. universal caregiver model: fathers’ involvement in caregiving and well-being of mothers of offspring with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 29, 34–45.

Chou, Yueh-Ching*, Kröger, Teppo, & Pu, Cheng-yun (2015). Models of long-term care use among older people with disabilities in Taiwan: Institutional care, community care, live-in migrant care and family care. European Journal of Ageing, 12(2), 95-104.

Chou, Y. C.*, Lu, Z. Y., & Pu, Y. (2015). Attitudes toward male and female sexuality among men and women with intellectual disabilities. Women & Health, 55(6), 663-678.

Chou, Y.-C.*, Wang, -C., Chang, H.-H., & Fu, L.-Y. (2014). Working but not employed: mothers of adults with intellectual disability as hidden workers. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 39(4), 353-362.

Chou, Y.-C.* & Kröger, T. (2014) Reconciliation of work and care among lone mothers of adults with intellectual disabilities: the role and limits of care capital. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(4), 439–448.

Chou, Y.-C.*, Nakano, T., Chang, H.- H., & Liang, L.-F. (2014). Parent-carers in Taiwan and Japan: lifelong caring responsibilities within a familistic welfare system. In T. Kröger & S. Yeandle (Eds.) Combining paid work and family care: Policies and experiences in international perspective (chapter 8). Bristol: Policy Press.

Chou, Y. C. *, Lee, Y.-C., Chang, S.-C., & Yu, A. P.-L. (2013). Evaluating the Supports Intensity Scale as a potential assessment instrument for resource allocation for persons with intellectual disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2056-2063.

Chou, Y. C. *, Fu, L.-Y., & Chang, H. H. (2013). Making work fit care: reconciliation strategies used by working mothers of adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 26, 133-145.

Chou, Y. C.*, Lu, Z.-Y. J., & Pu, C. Y. (2013). Menopause experiences and attitudes in women with intellectual disabilities and in their family carers. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 38 (2),114-123.

Chou, Y. C. *, Kröger, T., Chiao, C., & Pu, C.-Y. (2013). Well-being among employed and non-employed caregiving women in Taiwan. International Journal of Social Welfare, 22, 164-174.

Chou, Y. C. *, Fu, L. Y., Pu, C.-Y., & Chang, H. H. (2012). Difficulties of work-care reconciliation: Employed and non-employed mothers of children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 37(3), 260-268.

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