The purpose of this study was to investigate the social well-being of Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican community-dwelling older women 65 years of age and older residing in the United States (U.S.). Specifically, this study explored the relationship between cultural identity and social well-being. Kelley-Gillespie’s framework was used as a theoretical foundation for defining social well-being as an aspect of quality of life. Results were consistent with existing research on the importance of the role of the family to an older Latina’s social well-being. Further, results showed that cultural identity may be an important lens to identifying the value, the choices, and the reality of one’s social well-being. One key finding was that Cuban participants experienced guilt or shame in leaving Cuba, which impacts their social well-being. This finding suggests the Gerontologists should investigate the barriers and facilitators to Latina’s social well-being by country of origin, as aggregating data into “Hispanic” or “Latino” categories may not uncover the unique social needs of older adults. Future studies should repeat this study in a larger scale to allow for specific comparisons among older adults from differing Latina American countries of origin.
|Commitee:||Reiboldt, Wendy, Robertson, Terry|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Sociology, Cultural anthropology, Hispanic American studies, Womens studies|
|Keywords:||Cuban, Cultural identity, Familismo, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Social well-being|
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