Contextualizing Well-Being among Korean adolescents living in Japan: Effects of School, Family and Community Resources across Differing Contexts

[Speaker] Sasao, Toshi:1,2
[Co-author] Hatta, Naoki:1, Homma, Tori:1
1:Int'l Christian University (Japan), 2:University of Opole (Poland)

Amid rapidly changing contexts for adolescents around the world, understanding and promoting psychological well-being among immigrant and refugee families has become critically important. The purpose of this presentation is threefold: (a) to present findings from two school-wide surveys conducted with Korean adolescents in an ethnic school (n=460) and an international school (n=225) in Japan; (b) to test the limits of extant well-being models among Korean minority adolescents: and (c) to suggest intervention approaches to enhance the well-being of minority adolescents, while incorporating contextual factors into a new "life resource model" (Sasao, 2015). The findings clearly show potential pathways to well-being among Korean minority adolescents, but the focus of contemporary interventions for improving well-being among minority adolescents must be contextualized because their psychological well-being appears influenced not only by "static" cultural factors, but "dynamic" multi-layered cultural factors in different socio-cultural contexts.
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