YeounSoo Kim-Godwin completed her PhD at the University of South Carolina. She is a Professor in the School of Nursing University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has published over 35 peer reviewed articles in nursing and interdisciplinary journals. She is serving as manuscript reviewer of several health/nursing journals on a regular basis.
Although a growing body of research suggests that spirituality is a significant resource for Korean-Americans, there exists a paucity of research which has explored the cultural dimension of spirituality among Korean-American elderly families. The purpose of this study is to explore and understand the cultural aspects of family spirituality among church attending Korean-American elderly families, and how it influences family health. A purposive sample of 51 Korean-Americans (27 older adults and 24 family members) were recruited from three local churches in the Southeastern United States. A thematic and interpretive method was used to analyze transcribed interviews, which were conducted with each older adult and family member separately. Four main themes of family spirituality were identified: (1) family togetherness, (2) family interdependence, (3) family coping, and (4) family spiritual rituals and routines. Korean-Americans experience family spirituality in the cultural context of spiritual rituals and routines. After immigration, most participants discontinued their traditional rituals and replaced these with new church oriented family routines because they had converted to Christianity. Moreover, participants reported that family spirituality strengthened family health by fostering family commitment, improving emotional wellbeing, developing new healthy behaviors, and providing healing experiences. As our society becomes more culturally diverse, healthcare providers should seek to understand family spirituality from different cultural perspectives to develop a more holistic approach to care.
Sunita Bhandari Shah has completed her MSc Nursing from IOM (Institute of Medicine) Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, she is a faculty at the Department of Child Health Nursing, College of Nursing at BPKIHS. Her total work experience is 20 years, in which 12 years was in clinical activity and 18 years was in research and teaching learning activities. The teaching learning activities are like guiding BSc and MSc Nursing students in the clinical area especially in the Child Health Nursing as well as research. As researcher, she has done various studies in the field of Child Health which are now published in various national journals and indexed journals as well.
Background: Children's rights are the human rights of children with particular attention to the rights of special protection and care afforded to minors, including their right to association with parents, human identity as well as the basic needs. Method: A descriptive study was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude regarding child rights among primary school teachers of government schools of Dharan and to find out the association of knowledge and attitude regarding child right with the demographic variables and opinion and information. There are total 34 government schools in Dharan and there are all together 209 teachers teaching in primary level. As our sampling technique was census sampling technique, our sample size was 205 (4 out of 209 were mortality sample due to absenteeism). Data was collected by using pretested self-developed self-administered questionnaire. Results: The study revealed that 53.2% of respondents had adequate knowledge and 46.8% had inadequate knowledge regarding child right. Regarding the attitude, majority 87.3% of respondents had positive attitude whereas only 12.7% had negative attitude towards child right. There was association between attitude and teaching experience as the p value was 0.032 which shows that teachers with more teaching experience had positive attitude. There was association of attitude with opinion and information on punishment given in school violates child rights as p value was 0.036 which shows that the teachers who think punishment given in school can violate child right had positive attitude regarding child right. Except these no other significant associations was found. Conclusion: The study findings indicate that more than half of the respondents had adequate knowledge regarding child right and majority of respondents had positive attitude towards child right. There was association between attitude and teaching experience.