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Structural Relationships among Online Community Use, Parental Stress, Social Support, and Quality of Life between Korean and Taiwanese Employed Mothers

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College of Hotel & Tourism Management, Kyung Hee University, 26 Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10681; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410681
Received: 20 November 2020 / Revised: 11 December 2020 / Accepted: 15 December 2020 / Published: 21 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability of Families and Child Welfare)
This study examined mothers’ online community (OC) use and its structural relationship with parental stress, social support, and quality of life (QoL) under the social perspective of leisure and the theory of social support as a stress buffer. The population comprised employed mothers in two countries, Korea and Taiwan, which constitute appropriate settings for cross-cultural comparisons in the context of mothers’ OC use. The online questionnaire was distributed to 12 Korean mothers’ OCs and 14 Taiwanese mothers’ OCs, targeting employed mothers who have at least one child under seven-years-old and access mothers’ OCs on a regular basis. A total of 232 Korean and 303 Taiwanese responses were analyzed to examine the structural relationships among four key variables using structural equation modelling in AMOS 20. This study confirms that more parental stress leads to worse QoL. However, more parental stress results in less frequent participation in OCs, and OC use exerts a negative influence on QoL, which contradicts the hypothesized positive correlations. In comparison among Korean and Taiwanese mothers, Korean respondents showed a stronger influence of parental stress to mobilize more social support than did Taiwanese. This multidisciplinary study contributes to expanding the literature in noncommercial OCs, employed mothers in online leisure, and online social support in cross-cultural settings to promote the sustainability of families’ wellbeing. View Full-Text
Keywords: online community; parental stress; social support; quality of life; employed mothers online community; parental stress; social support; quality of life; employed mothers
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Bae, S.Y.; Chang, P.-J.; Lee, C.-K. Structural Relationships among Online Community Use, Parental Stress, Social Support, and Quality of Life between Korean and Taiwanese Employed Mothers. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10681. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410681

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Bae SY, Chang P-J, Lee C-K. Structural Relationships among Online Community Use, Parental Stress, Social Support, and Quality of Life between Korean and Taiwanese Employed Mothers. Sustainability. 2020; 12(24):10681. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410681

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Bae, So Y., Po-Ju Chang, and Choong-Ki Lee. 2020. "Structural Relationships among Online Community Use, Parental Stress, Social Support, and Quality of Life between Korean and Taiwanese Employed Mothers" Sustainability 12, no. 24: 10681. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410681

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