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Pathways from non-Korean mothers' cultural adaptation, marital conflict, and parenting behavior to bi-ethnic children's school adjustment in South Korea

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  • Shin, Jung-Hee
  • Doh, Hyun-Sim
  • Hong, Jun Sung
  • Kim, Johnny S.

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We explored the pathways from attitude towards cultural adjustment (separation, assimilation, and integration), marital conflict, and parenting practices of mothers of non-South Korean families on their children's school adjustment in South Korea. One hundred-and-fifty-four Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese mothers and their children (3rd–6th grade) from Gyeonggi province participated in the study. Questionnaires measuring mothers' attitudes toward cultural adjustment, marital conflict, and parenting practices were administered to the mothers. We analyzed data using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). We found that mothers' assimilation and separation did not affect children's school adjustment. However, integration of the mothers had indirect effect on children's school adjustment through marital conflict and parenting practices. Acculturated mothers had lower level of marital conflict, which in turn had a higher positive effect on children's school adjustment. It is imperative that culturally relevant programs that enhance positive marital relationships and parent–child relationships among culturally diverse families be developed.

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  • Shin, Jung-Hee & Doh, Hyun-Sim & Hong, Jun Sung & Kim, Johnny S., 2012. "Pathways from non-Korean mothers' cultural adaptation, marital conflict, and parenting behavior to bi-ethnic children's school adjustment in South Korea," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 914-923.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:5:p:914-923
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.018
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    1. Kim, Min-Jung & Doh, Hyun-Sim & Hong, Jun Sung & Choi, Mi-Kyung, 2011. "Social skills training and parent education programs for aggressive preschoolers and their parents in South Korea," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(6), pages 838-845, June.
    2. Hong, Jun Sung & Kim, Seon Mi & Yoshihama, Mieko & Byoun, Soo-Jung, 2010. "Wife battering in South Korea: An ecological systems analysis," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(12), pages 1623-1630, December.
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