Being a ‘good’ mother: Immigrant mothers of disabled children

Kim, Kyung Mee and Hwang, Se Kwang (2019) Being a ‘good’ mother: Immigrant mothers of disabled children. International Social Work, 62 (4). pp. 1198-1212. ISSN 0020-8728

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In South Korea, disability and immigration are hidden and invisible phenomena. This article examines how immigrant mothers experience the intersection of immigrant status and mothering a disabled child. Through semi-structured interviews with 16 immigrant mothers, this study found that the values of Confucian familism regarding motherhood and gender roles influenced how these immigrant mothers behaved. The study also found that immigrant mothers faced multiple forms of stigma and discrimination as a result of negative socio-cultural views of disability and immigration. Therefore, the article suggests a need for inter-professional, anti-oppression work strategies to support immigrant mothers of disabled children, along with education for social workers about these issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anti-oppressive working strategies, disabled children, immigrant mothers, mothering, South Korea
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 13:14
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:16

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