Assessing the Role of Culture in Korean Goose Mothers’ Lives

Chiyoung Cha, Eunjung Kim

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Korean women who migrate to a foreign country with their children for the latter's education while their husbands stay in Korea as breadwinners are referred to as “goose mothers.” The cultural beliefs that have contributed to the formation of this family form and the experiences of these women need to be explored within their cultural context. To understand this population, Confucianism as a cultural background and its influence on goose mothers’ value systems, family systems, and view of self were explored. Based on the learning, their potential health issues are described and implications for culturally competent care are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-93
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • cultural groups
  • health assessment
  • Korean
  • women's health


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