Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Psychological stressors of older Korean American women
by Hwang, Myung Hee Lee, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 90; 1486495
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
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
Publication Number: 1486495
ISBN: 978-1-124-25187-5
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