J Korean Acad Nurs.  2012 Apr;42(2):171-180. 10.4040/jkan.2012.42.2.171.

Factors Influencing Quality of Life in Married Immigrant Women in Korea

  • 1Department of Nursing, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Semyung University, Jecheon, Korea. mh1352@semyung.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was to identify the factors influencing quality of life of married immigrant women in Korea.
The participants included 508 married immigrant women who met the eligibility criteria and agreed to participate in the study. Participants were evaluated for subjective assessment of married immigrant-related constructs using a self-report questionnaire, for self-esteem, self-efficacy, and quality of life (QOL). The analysis was done using SPSS for Windows, version 10.1, and included stepwise regression.
The major findings were as follows; 1) There were significant relationships between marital satisfaction (r=.39, p=.001), violence by the husband during the couple's arguments (r= -.24, p<.001), satisfaction with life in Korea (r=.39, p<.001), self-esteem (r=.16, p<.001), self-efficacy (r=.51, p<.001) and quality of life. 2) Marital satisfaction, self-efficacy, education level and satisfaction life with in Korea were significant factors, which explained 53% of the variance in quality of life (F=43.97, p<.001). Multiple regression analysis revealed that a powerful predictor of QOL for married immigrant women was self-efficacy.
Developing nursing interventions to enhance self-efficacy toward improvement of QOL among married immigrant women is recommended.


Immigrant; Women; Quality of life; Self-esteem; Self-efficacy

MeSH Terms

Emigrants and Immigrants/*psychology
*Quality of Life
Republic of Korea
Self Concept
Self Efficacy

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