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Original Article
Acculturation, Social Network, and Health-related Quality of Life in Korean-Chinese Immigrants
Meenhye Lee, Hyeonkyeong Lee, Sue Kim, Yeonsoo Jang
Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing 2013;24(4):438-450.
Published online: December 31, 2013

1College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA.

2College of Nursing, Nursing Policy Research Institute, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

• Received: September 29, 2013   • Revised: November 18, 2013   • Accepted: December 17, 2013

© 2013 Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing

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  • Purpose
    The purpose of this study is to identify relationships between acculturation, social network, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among Korean-Chinese immigrants.
  • Methods
    A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted with 147 Korean-Chinese immigrants who were residing more than 1 year in Korea. Physical and mental dimensions of HRQOL were assessed by Short Form-12 Health Survey that consisted of a physical component summary (PCS) and a mental component summary (MCS). Data were analyzed with Pearson's correlation and multiple regression.
  • Results
    The mean PCS score was 41.14±10.72 and the mean MCS score was 49.09±11.31 (possible range 10-70). Depression (β=-6.43) and Social network frequency (β=2.44) explained 28.4% of the variance in PCS while depression (β=-11.54) and visiting clinic/hospital (β=-4.00) explained 34.3% of the variance in MCS. Acculturation was not significantly associated with HRQOL.
  • Conclusion
    This study confirmed that the social network frequency influences HRQOL among Korean-Chinese Immigrants. The findings suggest that social network analysis should be considered in the process of developing health intervention strategies for Korean-Chinese immigrants.
Table 1
Sociodemographic Characteristics of the Participants (N=147)

Multiple response.

Table 2
Mean Scores for Acculturation, Social Network, and HRQOL (N=147)

HRQOL=health related quality of life; PCS=physical component summary; MCS=mental component summary.

Table 3
Acculturation, Social Network, and HRQOL by General Characteristics (N=147)

HRQOL=health-related quality of life; PCS=physical component summary; MCS=mental component summary.

Scheffé test.

Table 4
Multiple Regression for Variables Predicting HRQOL (N=147)

HRQOLhealth-related quality of life; PCS=physical component summary; MCS=mental component summary.

*p<05, **p<01.

This article is a revision of the first author's master's thesis from Yonsei University.

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