Korea Family Project

Sociology/Family Studies/Demography/Korean Studies

This project explores the rise of non-normative family structures in South Korea. Characterized as the “family crisis,” South Korea currently boasts the lowest fertility rate in the OECD and the highest suicide rate (propelled by suicides of senior citizens). Transitioning from traditional extended families and modern nuclear families, family structures in South Korea have diversified with the emergence of single-parent households, never-married single-person households, and multicultural families. This project draws on quantitative and qualitative data to assess the mechanisms driving family change. Potential research assistants should have a keen interest in issues related to family change, demography, and sociology. Research partners will be asked to assist with analyzing Korean-language interview transcripts and as such, should have fluent proficiency in the Korean language.