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Adaptation to American Culture: Voices of Asian Indian Immigrants

TitleAdaptation to American Culture: Voices of Asian Indian Immigrants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsNandan, M
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social WorkJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume44
Pagination175-203
ISBN Number0163-4372<br/>1540-4048
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2005-07495-010
Keywords*Adjustment, *Aging, *Culture Change, *Immigration, *Intervention, American culture adaptation, Asian Indians, elderly immigrants, intervention strategies, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), Social Processes & Social Issues [2900], South Asian Cultural Groups, us
AbstractThis naturalistic study explores the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual adaptation of Asian Indian elderly immigrants to American culture. The individuals interviewed suggested that while they physically adapted to American life, many of them encountered social, emotional, and spiritual obstacles that often impeded successful adaptation. Factors such as family proximity, reasons for immigration, and conflicting values helped predict the adaptation success of Asian Indian elderly immigrants. The study points to possible intervention strategies that social workers can use to promote more successful adaptation of Asian Indian elderly immigrants to American culture. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).