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Faith-based community support for Korean American older adults

TitleFaith-based community support for Korean American older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLee, E-KOthelia, An, CHee
JournalSocial Work & ChristianitySocial Work & Christianity
Volume40
Pagination446-459
Date PublishedWin
ISBN Number0737-5778
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2013-41709-006
Keywords*Aging, *Community Services, *Faith Based Organizations, *Immigration, *Korean Cultural Groups, Community & Social Services [3373], faith community support, Korean immigrants, older adults, religious practices, Human Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Religious Practices, us
AbstractThis study used a phenomenological approach for data collection and analysis based on interviews with 20 Korean immigrants, the first generation, aged 55 and older, on faith-based community support for these elders. Interviews began with a series of open-ended questions presented in an informal conversational style. Informants were asked to respond to questions on life challenges, support networks, and their coping styles. Major themes that emerged from the data, were 1) Religious Practice, 2) Faith-based Community as Social Capital, 3) Spiritual Needs, 4) Meaning of Suffering, and 5) Challenges and Conflicts. The data suggested that religious and spiritual practices such as prayer, worship and fellowship positively reinforce feelings of connectedness and healthy behaviors among elderly Korean immigrants. A best practice model for outreach, education, and prevention for mental health services that includes collaboration between social workers and clergy is suggested. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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