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Mothers’ experience of caring for home-quarantined children after close contact with COVID-19 in Korea: an exploratory qualitative study

Authors
 Hyeyeon Lee  ;  Mihui Kim  ;  Ocksim Kim  ;  Sue Kim  ;  Seongmi Choi 
Citation
 Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing (여성건강간호학회지), Vol.27(3) : 220-229, 2021-09 
Journal Title
Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing(여성건강간호학회지)
ISSN
 2287-1640 
Issue Date
2021-09
Keywords
COVID-19 ; Mothers ; Parenting ; Qualitative research ; Quarantine
Abstract
Purpose
The world saw a shift into a new society consequent to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which made home quarantine mandatory for a person in close contact with those who tested positive. For children, however, home quarantine was not limited only to themselves but parents, especially mothers were involved and required to quarantine. This qualitative study aimed to explore and understand mothers’ experience and their related psychosocial issues while caring for their school-aged children in Korea, who had to home quarantine after coming in close contact with COVID-19 positive individuals.
Methods
Data were collected from October 2020 to January 2021 via in-depth, semi-structured interviews with nine mothers of children who had to home quarantine. Interviews were conducted face-to-face in an independent space near the participant’s home or workplace (n=5) or via online platforms or telephone (n=4). The data were analyzed using thematic analysis through several iterative team meetings.
Results
Thematic analysis revealed the following four themes: “Unable to be relieved due to uncertain situations surrounding me,” “Blame and hurt toward me, others, and one another,” “Pulling myself together for my children in my broken daily life,” and “Changes in the meaning of life amid COVID-19.”
Conclusion
The narratives show that mothers experienced psychosocial difficulties while caring for their children during home quarantine. It is necessary to reduce the social stigma toward individuals in home quarantine and establish policies to ensure work-family compatibility for such mothers.
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DOI
10.4069/kjwhn.2021.09.11
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Sue(김수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3785-2445
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/187775
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