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Health Status and Health Behavior of Immigrant Women Married to Koreans (일 지역 여성결혼이민자의 건강상태 및 건강행위)

  • Ahn, Yang-Heui
    • Journal of Korean Public Health Nursing
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    • v.22 no.1
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    • pp.18-26
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    • 2008
  • Purpose: To assess the health status and health behavior characteristics of immigrant women married to Koreans. Method: A descriptive research design was employed. Fifty female marriage immigrants who were clients of the visiting health program at W public health center were recruited. After full consent, direct interview with a structured questionnaire and physical measurements were conducted by visiting health nurses. Descriptive statistics were utilized. Results: All of the subjects showed normal blood sugar. 25.7% of them exhibited extreme body weight condition of either obesity or low body weight by BMI. 36.4% had pre-hypertension stage and 15.9% had first stage of hypertension. Only two of the women had been diagnosed with hypertension and treated by a doctor. Almost all (95%) of them perceived their general health status as good or moderate. Most of them did not exercise, smoke or drink. Regarding dental care, no subject brushed before lunch. and only one did between meals. About 30$\sim$60% of subjects had undergone health screening. Conclusion: Health education is needed for immigrant women married to Koreans to enhance their health behavior, prevent life style disease and improve their health.

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Dietary Intakes and Eating Behaviors of Vietnamese Female Immigrants to Korea through Marriage and Korean Spouses and Correlations of Their Diets (국내 베트남 결혼이민여성과 한국인 배우자의 식이섭취 및 식습관에 대한 상관관계)

  • Kim, Sun-Hye;Kim, Wha-Young;Lyu, Ji-Eun;Chung, Hye-Won;Hwang, Ji-Yun
    • Korean Journal of Community Nutrition
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    • v.14 no.1
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    • pp.22-30
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    • 2009
  • This study aimed to examine nutritional status and similarities of diets between Vietnamese female immigrants and Korean spouses and dietary changes of Vietnamese females after immigration. Subjects were 608 couples visiting 13 medical centers for the Cohort of Intermarried Women in Korea from November 2006 to November 2007. Anthropometric and biochemical measurements were obtained and dietary intakes were assessed using one-day 24-hour recall. Sixty-eight percent of wives answered there have been changes in their diets and consumptions of meats, fish, dairy products, vegetables, and fruits increased after immigration. Energy intakes of wives and spouses were 1491.7 kcal and 1788.8 kcal, respectively, showing most couples (80.1%) consumed less than the Korean estimated energy requirements. More than half of the couples were below the Korean estimated average requirements of zinc, vitamin $B_2$, and folate. The correlation coefficients between couples ranged 0.15-0.38 for unadjusted, 0.22-0.35 for per 1000 kcal, and 0.21-0.40 for energy-adjusted, respectively. The proportions of couples in the same quartiles of each nutrient intake and in the same answers of each question of Mini Dietary Assessment were about 30% across nutrients and around 50% across questions. The length of residence is related to similarities of nutrient intakes between couples: similarities decreased after 3 years of residence in Korea. In conclusion, nutritional intakes of inter-married couples were inadequate although wives reported that their dietary intakes increased after immigration. Inadequate nutrient intakes of wives were partly explained by similar diets between couples because these wives without enough adjustment to Korean culture were more likely to follow what their spouses ate. Findings from this study may be helpful to improve the nutritional status of inter-married couples and make policies and programs for them. A follow-up study should identify factors affecting inadequate nutritional status of intermarried couples and similarities of their diets.

A Study on the list of Chinese Characters Idioms with Korean Education Selected for Married Immigrant Women (결혼이주여성 대상 교육용 한자성어 목록 선정 방안)

  • Li, Chun-Yang;Cho, Ji-Hyeong
    • The Journal of the Korea Contents Association
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    • v.19 no.5
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    • pp.381-388
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    • 2019
  • In South Korea nowadays, Among the married immigrant women in Korea, the proportion of long-term residents living in Korea for more than 10 years is increasing continuously(48%), while the proportion of short-term residents who are under 5 years is decreasing(16%). However, Korean language education and related research in the Marriage and Immigration Women's Center are still focused on the initial immigrants. Therefore, we should classify married immigrant women according to their stay time in Korea, so that Korean language education and teaching materials need to be more diversified. This study focuses on married immigrant women with intermediate and advanced Korean proficiency and chooses a catalogue of Chinese characters idioms to explore the possibility and educational value of using Chinese characters Idioms in Korean education. According to the research results, Chinese characters idiom education can help married immigrant women in Korean language learning and information acquisition, interpersonal relationships and life attitudes, cultural understanding and social adaptation, child rearing and learning guidance. This is the important part of Korean language education that needs to be guided by married immigrant women. Based on this, 130 Chinese characters idioms in Korean language education and textbook development centered on married immigrant women were selected and catalogue edited in four stages. It is hoped that the results of this study will serve as a reference for Korean language education research and textbook development for married immigrant women in the future.

Health Status and Associated Health Risks among Female Marriage Immigrants in Korea (한국 여성결혼이민자의 건강상태와 건강위험요인)

  • Kim, Hye-Kyeong;Yoo, Seung-Hyun;Cho, Seon;Kwon, Eun-Joo;Kim, Su-Young;Park, Ji-Youn
    • Korean Journal of Health Education and Promotion
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    • v.27 no.5
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    • pp.79-89
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    • 2010
  • Objectives: This study aims to identify health status and health risks among female marriage immigrants to Korea and to provide a basis for public health strategies to address their health issues. Methods: The participants of the study were 3,069 immigrant wives. The health examination was conducted by the Korea Association of Health Promotion (KAHP) in 2008. The participants also completed self-administered questionnaires on demographic characteristics, health-related behaviors and mental health. Results: Patterns of immigrant women's health problems differed by age and country of origin. Behavior patterns also differed by their heritage, age, and years of residence in Korea. Generally Vietnamese women fell in lower ranges of disease prevalence and health risk factors in the participant group and Japanese women presented most healthy eating habits. Filipina women showed relatively high disease prevalence than any other group. Conclusion: Immigration to Korea by marriage is relatively a new phenomenon, thus continuing surveillance and research are needed to identify health risks, behavior patterns, and their relationships. Interventions and policies for the health of migrant wives, their children and families are required.

Influence of Parenting Attitudes and Parenting Stress on Support from Spouse and from Family of Married Immigrant Women with Adolescent Children (청소년기 자녀를 둔 결혼이주여성의 배우자 지지와 가족 지지가 양육태도와 양육스트레스에 미치는 영향)

  • Jo, Hae-Kyung;Lim, Hyun-Suk
    • Journal of the Korea Academia-Industrial cooperation Society
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    • v.19 no.11
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    • pp.389-402
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    • 2018
  • This study investigated the influence of parenting attitudes and parenting efficacy on parents' educational needs to establish basic data for educational programs and intervention strategies to promote parenting attitudes and parenting efficacy among married immigrant women. This was a study of descriptive correlation among 154 married immigrant women with adolescent children. The results showed that family support and spousal support influenced parenting behavior and stress associated with childcare. Specifically, spousal support and family support were negatively correlated (r = 0.046, F = 3.629 p < 0.05) with parenting attitude (r = 0.046, F = 3.629 p < 0.05). Only spousal support was negatively correlated (r =0.227, F = 7.11 .<.01) with stress from children. Moreover, higher support from the spouse and family was associated with lower parenting stress and higher spousal support was associated with lower stress associated with the relationship with the child. The results of this study will facilitate development of a structured education program for married immigrant women to enhance parenting attitudes, as well as to reduce parenting stress.