Being a ‘good’ mother: Immigrant mothers of disabled children

Kyung Mee Kim*, Se Kwang Hwang

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In South Korea, disability and immigration are hidden and invisible phenomena. This article examines how immigrant mothers experience the intersection of immigrant status and mothering a disabled child. Through semi-structured interviews with 16 immigrant mothers, this study found that the values of Confucian familism regarding motherhood and gender roles influenced how these immigrant mothers behaved. The study also found that immigrant mothers faced multiple forms of stigma and discrimination as a result of negative socio-cultural views of disability and immigration. Therefore, the article suggests a need for inter-professional, anti-oppression work strategies to support immigrant mothers of disabled children, along with education for social workers about these issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1198-1212
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number4
Early online date18 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


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