ERIC Number: ED472926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Postdivorce Adjustment and Single Parenting: Exploring the Impact of Culture for Korean Families.
Song, Sunny Y.
Formal mental health services offered in traditional Western settings may be neither appropriate for nor accessible to Korean Americans who are adjusting to divorce. This paper presents an overview of current research on postdivorce adjustment and single parenting in the United States, examines various cultural differences (e.g., African, Asian, European, Hispanic) in response to divorce, and explores Korean cultural issues that affect work with single-parent Korean American families. Effective interventions for work with this population must include consideration of issues related to culturally-based shame, Eastern perspectives regarding the limits of self-disclosure, a hierarchical social structure, the acculturation process, and linguistic differences. Drawing on Koreans preferences for group identity and desire for their children to reach high levels of educational achievement, implications for treatment in school, church, and community settings are explored. Finally, a treatment model is presented that integrates family therapy and identification with an extended family to address these issues in a multiple-family group format designed to facilitate a postdivorce adjustment and effective single-parenting. (Contains 48 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Research Paper, Biola University.