Factors Related to Childbirth Intention of Migrant Women in Multicultural Marriages in Korea

  • Jae-Joon Lee Department of Health and Welfare, Graduate School, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea
  • Chang-Hyun Kang Department of Public Administration, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea
Multiculturalism, Married migrant women;, Childbirth intention, Number of childbirths


Background: We aimed to identify factors related to childbirth intention in multicultural marriage migrant women in Korea. The study was based on the raw data of a National Survey on Multicultural Families 2015 in Korea, covering 7 countries and 31,047 participants.

Methods: Data were analyzed with multiple regression analysis using SPSS and WIN 21.0 programs.

Results: First, the consistent outcome in the seven countries was Residence period in Korea. The shorter the period of residence in Korea and the lower the age, the higher childbirth intentions. Second, the major factors according to country were Economic Activity, Satisfaction of Marital Relationship, Life Satisfaction, and Education. The most influential factors in each country were economic activity in Taiwan and Hong Kong, satisfaction with marital relationships in Korean-China, life satisfaction in Cambodia, and education in Mongolia and the Philippines. The higher the participation in economic activities, satisfaction with marital relationship, life satisfaction, and education level, the greater the number of childbirth intentions. Third, a contradictory result was found in State of health. In Vietnam, better health predicted greater numbers of childbirth intentions, while in China, Korean-Chinese, Mongolia, Cambodia, worse health predicated greater numbers of childbirth intentions.

Conclusion: The findings suggest a need for a comprehensive multicultural policy and support services for multicultural marriage migrant women that considers characteristics such as country, cultural differences, and nationality in order to contribute to family formation and settlement of Korean society.


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How to Cite
Lee J-J, Kang C-H. Factors Related to Childbirth Intention of Migrant Women in Multicultural Marriages in Korea. Iran J Public Health. 49(8):1447-1454.
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