Our principal focus in this study was to examine the meaning of “overinvestment” by Korean mothers in their children’s success at school. The sample was composed of twenty-three Korean mothers who had one or more adolescent children attending middle or high school. Interviews were conducted in Seoul, capital of the Republic of Korea. In a social context sociologists have considered as the Korean frantic race to succeed, this study attempts to clarify the meaning middle-class Korean mothers ascribe to the education of their children according to interviewees’ individual, family, and socio-economic variables. In this perspective, we analyzed data from the interviews according to the frequency of different themes throughout the interviews, while respecting the specificities of each interview.
- Maternal investment in education
- family mobilization
- academic success
- family achievement