This qualitative study examined the psychosocial stressors of older Korean American women. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 12 older Korean American women who were recruited through the researcher's own social network and snowball sampling. Themes were identified through the grounded theory method after the interviews.
The result of this study revealed that many older Korean American women experienced psychological stress adjusting to the American culture because of social isolation, health problems, acculturation stress, language barriers, loss of social roles, children's problems, negative life events, and immigration factors. Two thirds of the participants reported having depressive symptoms. All participants received support from their families and nearly all participants maintained good social networks with friends, church members, and neighbors. Also, the majority of participants were affiliated with their church.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Asian American Studies, Gerontology, Social work, Clinical psychology|
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