Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the Social Well-Being of Community-Dwelling Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican Older Women Living in the United States
by Muratalla, Katherine, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 84; 13856414
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Claver, Maria
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
Publication Number: 13856414
ISBN: 9781085560597
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