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Second generation Korean daughters : decision making in regards to caring for their elderly parents Kook, Joanna


The thesis represents the process of decision making for second generation Korean daughters in regards to care for their parents. Using Grounded Theory principles, I analyzed the interviews of ten second generation Korean women in Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver Area of British Columbia. The core variable identified in this study was: Reformulating generational care-giving relationships. The core variable incorporated three stages of reflection for the women: 1) Contemplating Commitment, 2) Envisioning Possibilities, and 3) Re-contemplating Commitment. The women’s reformulation was affected by several factors, such as finances, parental expectations, sibling help, and the type of care that their parents would require. Re-contemplation of commitment was spurred by the women’s concerns about the level of physical care that the older adult would need. The findings indicate that while all participants would like to provide care for their parents, they would re-contemplate their commitment and the need for long-term care if the physical needs of the parent were too great or if their parents’ conditions compromised the safety of their nuclear family.

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