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Immigrated, interculturally-married women in South Korea : Mental health status, health care utilization, and suggested policy directions

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  • Ahn, Yang-Heui
  • World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review


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Title Immigrated, interculturally-married women in South Korea
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Mental health status, health care utilization, and suggested policy directions

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Ahn, Yang-Heui

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[London]:World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review

Date 2012-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review:
Pages 4
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Population
Social Development < Health
Holding World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review

Abstract

Korea is becoming a multi-cultural society. The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Gender Equality and the Family play central roles in creating policies to support marriage-based immigrants. Various services, including Korean language and culture, have been provided through Multi-Cultural Family Support Centers based on the ‘Multi-cultural Families Support Act’. However, health care policies for immigrants are relatively scarce. The ever-increasing multi-cultural population in Korea poses a significant challenge to nurses offering individualized care to their clients. The author reviews articles and reports related to marriage-based immigrant women’s health status, behaviors, and health care service utilization in Korea, and proposes policy directions as follows: integration of the health care system with language, culture, and health literacy; development of national standards on culturally and linguistically appropriate services; development of an assessment instrument and individualized intervention programs; and vitalizing functions of the Public Health Centers.