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The influence of attitudes toward culture and experiences of cultural exchanges on the multi-cultural awareness in health science college students

보건계열 대학생의 문화 태도, 문화 교류가 다문화 인식에 미치는 영향

  • 변성원 (안산대학교 간호학과) ;
  • 김신향 (중앙대학교 일반대학원 간호학과) ;
  • 박시현 (인하대학교 간호학과)
  • Received : 2016.09.28
  • Accepted : 2016.11.20
  • Published : 2016.11.28

Abstract

The purpose of current study was to examine how the attitudes toward culture and the experiences of cultural exchanges could influence on the multi-cultural awareness in health science college students in South Korea. Convenience sampling was conducted for data collection; thus, total 407 health science college students of ${\bigcirc}{\bigcirc}$ University in K province were recruited and asked to complete the survey for this study. As a result, those who had the experiences of contacting immigrants, had the experiences of contacting immigrants via the school activities, and took the classes related with multi-culturalism showed high multi-cultural awareness. In addition, attitudes toward culture and experiences of cultural exchanges showed positive relationship with a multi-cultural awareness. At last, based on the regression analysis, attitudes toward culture and experiences of cultural exchanges showed significant influences on the multi-cultural awareness in health science college students in South Korea. Health science students could play important role in immigrants' physical and psychological health care in the future. Based on the findings of this study, we strongly suggest to provide proper education and various activities of multi-culturalism to those students. It would lead to a high quality of care and firm health care system for the immigrant population residing South Korea.

Keywords

Multi-culturalism;Education;Attitude;Exchange;Awareness of multi-culturalism

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