A Qualitative Study of the Adaptation Process of Dietary Education Program for Marriage Immigrant Women using the Normalization Process Theory

일상화 과정 이론에 근거한 결혼이주여성 대상 식생활 교육 프로그램 일상화 과정에 대한 질적 연구

  • Kim, In Seon (Department of Foodservice Management and Nutrition, Sangmyung University) ;
  • Hwang, Ji-Yun (Department of Foodservice Management and Nutrition, Sangmyung University)
  • 김인선 (상명대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 황지윤 (상명대학교 식품영양학과)
  • Received : 2019.05.16
  • Accepted : 2019.06.12
  • Published : 2019.06.30


This study was a qualitative investigation of the process of adaptation of nutrition education programs by marriage immigrant women who completed education programs for training of food citizen leaders. Focus group interviews of seven marriage immigrant women from Vietnam, China, Mongolia and Russia were conducted and analyzed based on the Normalization Process Theory (NPT). Participants were aware of the purpose of the education program (coherence) and their confidence in organizing and reconstructing the knowledge of nutrition was increased after education (reflexive monitoring). However, they had difficulties attending long-term education programs (cognitive participation) and overcoming language barriers (collective action). Although the program was beneficial for the participants in that they could apply acquired nutrition knowledge to their everyday life as food citizen leaders, the continuous monitoring and feed-back system (management), customized application, and consideration of personal and social factors need to be developed and facilitated. In addition, various programs targeting marriage immigrant women may increase economic independence of these women. The NPT proved beneficial in conceptualizing the barriers and facilitators to implementing nutrition education. The successful implementation of nutrition intervention needs special support to overcome barriers to cognitive participation and collective action.

Information of immigrant women in multicultural families

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Categorization of dietary education program according to NPT constructs

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Observed or unobserved components of NPT after dietary education

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Supported by : 한국연구재단


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