CULTURAL INFLUENCE ON THE CHARACTERIZATIONS OF HEALTH BY KOREAN WOMEN LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES

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Title: CULTURAL INFLUENCE ON THE CHARACTERIZATIONS OF HEALTH BY KOREAN WOMEN LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES
Author: Cho, Gayoung
Abstract: The number of Korean migrants in the United States is continuously on the rise . As immigrants , they adapt to their new environment , including their understanding of health . This study explored the experience of Korean women living in the United States with respect to their perceptions of health and attempted to develop a substantive theory that explains the basic social process of adjusting to new life . Specifically , this study was undertaken to address the following questions : "How do Korean women living in the United States characterize health ? and “To what extent does Korean and /or American culture affect such characterization ?” This descriptive qualitative study utilized the grounded theory design . Accordingly , data collection comprised of purposive and theoretical sampling methods . In -depth , semi -structured , audio -taped interviews were conducted with a total of 20 Korean women in 20’s who have lived in the United States for at least two years . Interview data were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using Strauss and Corbin's constant comparative method . Findings indicated that Korean women use various methods of coping with new cultural environment and understanding toward health . Three main categories of health perceptions emerged : Physical health , mental and emotional health , and social health .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10657 /226
Date: 2012-04-19

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CULTURAL INFLUENCE ON THE CHARACTERIZATIONS OF HEALTH BY KOREAN WOMEN LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES. Master's thesis, University of Houston. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10657 /226 .

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