The purpose of this study is threefold. Firstly, This study introduces recent academic discussions about the alternative concept of welfare, that is 'social quality.' Secondly, SEM analysis is performed, in which how welfare statuses of Koreans are related to the attitudes towards social quality. Thirdly, in so doing, we try to explore if we can modify or extend the concepts around the welfare state towards a academically more effective ones.
According to the SEM analysis, following statistical results are visible. Firstly, the concept of social quality are to be measured by four dimensions of socio-economic security, coherence, inclusion, empowerment. Secondly, the more decent welfare status, the more positive attitudes of social quality. Thirdly, welfare status is negatively correlated with social risk attitudes, and social risk attitudes negatively with social quality.
In order to better social quality in Korea, we suggest more serious efforts should be put forward in Korean welfare state. So as to solve individual needs of welfare, we should devise welfare programs by which we can enhance economic and social capital of individuals.