The purpose of the grounded theory study was to understand and explain factors affecting the well-being of Korean MKs studying at universities in America. While various factors emerged from the data, three categories of factors dominated the three distinct stages of the MKs’ adjustment process: financial factors, social factors, and spiritual factors. Even though all three were present throughout the three stages, the factors manifested themselves differently in each of the stages.
In the early stage, a plethora of negative factors permeated the Korean MK’s life. Negative factors outweighed positive factors all three main categories: financial, social, and spiritual. Additional negative factors also hindered Korean MKs’ adjustment in America.
In the middle stage, positive financial, social, and spiritual factors increased, and negative financial, social, and spiritual factors decreased. The financial, social, and spiritual factors interacted dynamically, resulting in a net gain in positive influences over negative ones. The major distinction at this stage was that social and spiritual factors have a greater impact on Korean MKs’ lives than did financial factors.
In the later stage, financial factors rarely affected Korean MKs deeply. Moreover, by this time they had cultivated continuous and mature social relationships, and their spirituality and faith continue to improve. Above all, most of the MKs testified that their relationship with God was the most important thing in their lives because it affected every part of their life (e.g., friendships, studies, physical and even mental health). Overall, most of the Korean MKs had entered a state of well-being.
|Advisor:||Starcher, Richard L.|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Social research, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||American universities, Asian international student, Korean missionary kids, Mk, Spiritulity, Tck|
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