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Acculturation and Self-rated Health among Foreign Women in Korea

Title
Acculturation and Self-rated Health among Foreign Women in Korea
Author
김두섭
Keywords
Acculturation; Measures of Acculturation; Self-rated Health; Health Status; of Immigrants; Language Proficiency; Foreign Women in Korea; 문화수용; 문화수용의 지표; 주관적 건강인식; 이민자의 건강; 언어능력; 한국의 외국인 여성
Issue Date
2014-06
Publisher
한국보건사회연구원
Citation
Health and Social Welfare Review, 2014, 34(2), P.453-483
Abstract
The main purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between acculturation and health among the growing female foreign population in Korea. To capture different aspects of acculturation and their association with self-rated health among foreign women, three measures of acculturation, that is, Korean speaking proficiency, age at arrival, and length of residency were used. This paper also adopted social support, life satisfaction, and discrimination variables as covariates and examined other socioeconomic variables and discrimination as effect modifiers in its examination of the association between acculturation and self-rated health. Micro-data from the 2009 Korean National Multi-Cultural Family Survey was analyzed. Results of chi-square tests, t tests and multivariate-adjusted logistic regression analysis showed that greater acculturation in terms of Korean language proficiency is associated with better health. It is interpreted that better language capability increases access to health related information. It was also found that increased age of arrival of foreign women and shorter length of residency in Korea tend to be associated with better self-rated health. Analysis of interaction revealed that level of education, income, and discrimination are significant effect modifiers for the association between Korean speaking proficiency and self-rated health status. For foreign women with higher education and income and those with an experience of being discriminated against, the gap in self-reported health by Korean speaking proficiency tends to be larger. Plausible explanations and implications of these findings are discussed in this paper.
URI
http://www.dbpia.co.kr/Journal/ArticleDetail/NODE02454114
ISSN
1226-072X
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