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Age Differences in Stressors, Coping Resources, and General Well-Being Among Korean Immigrants
Journal of Social Service Research (2014)
  • Hyeyoung Woo, Portland State University
  • Kyoung Hag Lee
  • Young Joon Hong
Abstract

This study explored 346 Korean immigrants living in California to examine: a) differences in stressors, coping resources, and general well-being (anxiety, depression, positive well-being, self-control, vitality, and general health) between younger (18–64 years old) and older (65–96 years old) Korean immigrants; and b) differences in associations of stressors and coping resources with general well-being in the 2 groups. Results revealed that the older immigrants experienced higher levels of socioeconomic stressors and psychological/physical problems. In addition, English-language problems, low education, and financial difficulties were more consistently associated with lower levels of general well-being in the older immigrants than in the younger immigrants. Social support, religious practice, and spiritual coping were more likely to alleviate the detrimental consequences of stressors on general well-being in the older immigrants than in the younger immigrants. To improve the general well-being of older Korean immigrants, the results suggest: a) emphasis of social and health care services with bilingual capability; b) improved social support systems; and c) utilization of spiritual assessments and interventions. Future research should extend the current study with longitudinal data of a more generalizable sample of Korean immigrants.

Keywords
  • Immigrants -- California,
  • Korean Americans -- Psychology -- Impact of age difference on,
  • Korean Americans -- Social conditions,
  • Korean Americans -- Services for
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Publication Date
2014
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© Taylor & Francis Group
Citation Information
Hyeyoung Woo, Kyoung Hag Lee and Young Joon Hong. "Age Differences in Stressors, Coping Resources, and General Well-Being Among Korean Immigrants" Journal of Social Service Research Vol. 40 Iss. 4 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/hyeyoung_woo/10/