The Effects of Married Immigrant Women's Parenting Experiences on their Mental Health

결혼이주여성의 자녀양육 경험이 정신건강에 미치는 영향

  • Kang, Bok-Jung (Management & Planning Bureau, Korean Institute for Healthy Family) ;
  • Kang, Ki-Jung (Dept. of Welfare for the Elderly, Baeseok University) ;
  • Park, Su-Sun (Dept. of Social Welfare, Seowon University) ;
  • Son, Seo-Hee (Dept. of Family & Resource Management, Sookmyung Women's University)
  • 강복정 (한국건강가정진흥원 경영기획국) ;
  • 강기정 (백석대학교 노인복지학과) ;
  • 박수선 (서원대학교 사회복지학과) ;
  • 손서희 (숙명여자대학교 가족자원경영학과)
  • Received : 2016.05.18
  • Accepted : 2016.07.20
  • Published : 2016.07.28


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between parenting experiences of married immigrant women and their mental health including self-esteem and depression. Data came from 471 married immigrant women with a child who participated in the home visiting program for children of multicultural families provided by Multicultural Family Support Centers. The results indicated that, the mothers' self-esteem was related to their perceptions of parenting, parenting stress, marital satisfaction, and social support. In addition, the mothers' depression was associated with their proficiency in Korean, household income, perception of parenting, parenting stress, knowledge on child development, marital satisfaction, and social support. These findings suggest that the parenting experiences of married immigrant women are closely related to their mental health. Parenting education programs that increase parenting efficacy and reduce parenting stress would be helpful to improve the mental health of married immigrant women.


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