ERIC Number: EJ789790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 46
Confucian Family Values and Childless Couples in South Korea
Yang, Sungeun; Rosenblatt, Paul C.
Journal of Family Issues, v29 n5 p571-591 2008
The Korean family has long met Confucian values by producing children to maintain and support the paternal family line, but in South Korea's transition to a low birth rate, an increasing number of couples have remained childless. Have Confucian family values been abandoned? In this study, 103 young single South Koreans wrote protocols describing their thoughts about childless couples and having children. Most of them viewed childless couples negatively and said that they planned to have children of their own. Confucian values were clearly central in what students wrote about childlessness. The results suggest that the increase in voluntary childlessness does not mean that Confucian values have been abandoned by young South Koreans. Confucian family values seem to remain primary, but they may be reinterpreted or reluctantly violated because economic and other circumstances make it difficult or impossible to meet those values in the South Korean context.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Context, Korean Culture, Values, Childlessness, Spouses, Birth Rate, Family (Sociological Unit), Social Change, Qualitative Research, College Students, Family Characteristics, Parent Role
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea