This study explored the nature of spirituality of Korean family caregivers who cared for older adults at home and its impacts on their caring experience. A qualitative design guided by natural inquiry approach was adopted and involved semi-structured in-depth interviews. Eighteen family caregivers, who cared for older adults with frailty at home, were recruited by using purposive sampling in South Korea. The family caregivers were asked to respond to a series of open ended questions about their home-based caregiving experience in relation to their spirituality. The constant comparative method of qualitative data analysis was employed. Three major spiritual streams were found in the spirituality of Korean family caregivers of older adults in this study: filial piety, religiosity and compassion. Despite the differences of their religious affiliations, Korean family caregivers showed one or the combinations of those three spiritual themes in relation to their elder caregiving experience. These three spiritual streams were deeply interwoven in shaping Korean family caregivers' caregiving experience.
Jung Hee Lee, Fort Hays State University, United States