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ERIC Number: EJ1161568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
South Korean Mothers' Parenting Experiences in Divorced Mother-Headed Families
Jahng, Kyung Eun; Song, Seung Hee
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v25 n6 p945-962 2017
These multiple case studies show what in divorced mother-headed families of South Korea, mothers experience with regard to parenting their children aged 6 to 12 years. Data were collected from participant observations and semi-structured interviews with the participants, including mothers and their children in four divorced mother-headed families in South Korea, for a span of 11 months. Each case shows how divorced mothers' parenting experiences are mobilized through their financial status and post-divorce coparenting patterns. The findings of this study are as follows. First, the mothers' relationships with their children were formed by their current relationships with the ex-spouse. Secondly, mothers showed low expectations of children's academic achievement and future career. Thirdly, mothers had ambivalent feelings towards their children due to financial difficulties and cumulative stress with the added strain of single parenting. Financial stability as well as cooperative parenting with ex-spouses after divorce helped lighten the mothers' burdens of raising children in a divorced family and thereby reduced psychological vulnerability. Fourthly, mothers' different communication styles differently played out in their relationships with children, which further affected interactive occasions in children's in-home experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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