Theories on immigrant women's health

Health Care Women Int. 2006 Sep;27(8):666-81. doi: 10.1080/07399330600817535.


Our purpose in this article is to review theories critically that have been used to explain immigrant women's health based on 4 case studies of Korean immigrant women's experiences in the United States and suggest directions for future development of theories on immigrant women's health. First, 3 existing theories on immigration and health (selective migration, negative effect of immigration, and acculturation) are concisely described. Then, the daily experiences of 4 low-income Korean immigrant women are described in a narrative mode, and the 3 existing theories are critiqued in terms of how they can explain the women's narratives. Finally, implications for future theory development on immigrant women's health experience are proposed based on the discussion.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Korea / ethnology
  • Life Change Events
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Nursing
  • Models, Psychological
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Poverty / ethnology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Women's Health / ethnology*
  • Women, Working / psychology