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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2012;21(1):55-66.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2012.21.1.55    Published online March 31, 2012.
The Adjusting Process of Foreign Wives Married to Korean Husbands.
Rosel L Panuncio, Jeongyee Bae
1Department of Nursing, Inje University, Busan, Korea.
2Institute for International Safety Community, Inje University, Busan, Korea.
3Institute for Health Science Research, Inje University, Busan, Korea. jibai@inje.ac
Abstract
PURPOSE
Purposes of this study were to explore the experiences of Filipinas living as foreign wives in Korea and to formulate a substantive theory that explains the basic social process of adjusting to life as a foreign wife in Korea. METHODS: This descriptive qualitative study utilized the grounded theory design. In-depth, semi-structured, audio-taped interviews were conducted with 10 Filipino immigrant wives in Korea. Interview data were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using Strauss and Corbin's constant comparative analysis. RESULTS: Six main categories emerged: aspiring, confronting, suffering, coping, assimilating, and regretting. Fundamental to these was the core category of embracing a new life. A theoretical model showing the basic social processes of adjusting to life as a foreign wife in Korea was developed to reflect the inter-relationships among these categories. Extracts of the data were presented to illustrate the grounding of the theoretical model in the participants' accounts. CONCLUSION: The findings from this study provide an increase in the understanding of Filipino immigrant wives, which should help in designing effective coping strategies that consider the particular characteristics and problems of Filipino immigrant wives. Programs under existing policies need to undergo continuous improvement in order to increase the well-being of these immigrant wives.
Key Words: Acculturation; Immigration; Life experiences; Qualitative research
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