Identifying Multi-Layered Sources of Well-being among Korean parents in Japan: A Test of the Life Resources Model for an Ethnic Minority Community

[Speaker] Hatta, Naoki:1
[Co-author] Sasao, Toshiaki:1,2, Homma, Tori:1, Suzuki, Ai:1
1:International Christian University (Japan), 2:University of Opole (Poland)

The purpose of this study was to investigate empirical evidence for the life resources model to understand well-being among Korean parents living in Japan via the life resources model of well-being in an ethnic minority community (Sasao, 2015). Based on the mail survey constructed from the results of a focus group interview (n=25), 139 Korean mothers and fathers whose children attend a local ethnic Korean school participated in a mail survey on life resources contributing to well-being and parenting. Multiple regression analyses were used to examine the relationships between individual resources (e.g., language) and well-being measures (life satisfaction and integration). The results of exploratory factor analysis identified a five-factor model on life resources including language ability, help-seeking, social manners and styles, information gathering and resilience in life's difficulties. Further regression analyses provided empirical support for the life resources model of well-being for a ethnic Korean community in Japan.
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