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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2010;19(4):466-474.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2010.19.4.466    Published online December 31, 2010.
Embracing New Lives as Korean Immigrants in Canada: A Grounded Theory.
Jeongyee Bae, Rosel L Panuncio
Department of Nursing, Inje University, Korea. jibai@inje.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
Many Koreans go abroad for work, study or permanent migration. As they adapt to their new environment, they can suffer from various health problems. This article aims to gain a greater understanding of the experiences of Korean immigrants in Canada. This study reports the findings of a grounded theory study. METHODS: In-depth unstructured interviews were conducted with 18 Korean immigrants in Vancouver. Data was audio-taped, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using constant comparative analysis. RESULTS: Six main categories emerged: motivation, confronting, suffering, efforts to adapt, assimilation, and conflict. A basic social process model of adaptation to life in Canada was developed reflecting the inter-relationships between these categories. Data extracts was presented to illustrate the grounding of the model in participants accounts. CONCLUSION: Immigrants need empathetic support and cultural understanding; this study increases the understanding of the Korean immigrant population, which should help in the design of effective coping strategies that consider the particular characteristics and problems of immigrants.
Key Words: Acculturation; Immigration; Life experiences; Quality of life; Qualitative research
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