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School for Social Work


Korean American men-Psychology, Fathers-Psychology, Male immigrants-United States-Psychology, Father and child, Husband and wife, Korean Americans-Family relationships, Emotions-Sociological aspects, Nahm, Eun Young. Cross-cultural comparison of Korean-American and European American parental meta-emotion philosophy and its relationship to parent-child interaction, Korean American fathers, Meta-emotion


The purpose of this study is to explore the emotional experience of 12 first generation Korean immigrant fathers who live in the United States. This study is a secondary analysis of data from a doctoral dissertation project titled, "Culture Weaves Family: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Korean-American and European American Parental Meta-Emotion Philosophy and its Relationship to Parent-Child Interaction" by Eun Young Nahm. This study explored the emotional experiences of Korean-American fathers and their perceptions of their children's and spouses' experiences in the areas of: sadness, anger, pride, and affection based on meta-emotion philosophy designed by Gottman, Katz, and Hooven (1996). The findings of this qualitative research study revealed that many of the Korean-American fathers' emotional experiences were closely related to their interpretation of Korean traditional culture. Analyses showed a close relationship between the role of the Korean traditional males' values and their emotional experiences. The perceptions of the emotional experiences of their children and wives revealed common themes about awareness, desire to comfort, need to protect and instruct, and, insight into ways that cultural conflicts and societal changes affect them.




iii, 54 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 48-50)