A Qualitative Study on the School Adaptation of Multicultural Family Youth from Accompanied Entry

다문화가족 중도입국청소년의 학교생활 적응에 관한 질적 연구

  • Received : 2011.06.30
  • Accepted : 2011.08.05
  • Published : 2011.11.30


This study aimed to find out how to support school adaptation among multicultural family youth from accompanied entry, specifically the children who came to Incheon, Korea to live with new stepfather because of their mother's international marriage. The objective of the study is to seek for counter-measurements against the problems of their high probability of leaving and quitting school. Based on grounded theory in qualitative studies, the study was to analyze various categories and dimensions in school adaptation process among the elementary students. Individual, family, and school related factors were involved in the school adaptation process, positively or negatively. Probing and speculating multi-dimensional aspects of the adapting process, the study paid attention to the followings. First, to extent to which the experiences of school adjustment among the multicultural youths were differentiated from those of other students. Second, how the youths responded to society and other people, directly or indirectly, and modified their actions and attitudes. Third, how we can help the youths out of school maladjustment and toward social integration. In conclusion, policy suggestions are given to assist the struggles of the disadvantaged youth, who are under acculturative stress and adapting problems at the new country.