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Generational differences in Japanese Americans' preferred senior service environments

TitleGenerational differences in Japanese Americans' preferred senior service environments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMiyawaki, CE
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume56
Pagination388-406
ISBN Number1540-4048 (Electronic)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number23767812
KeywordsAcculturation, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Aging/ ethnology/ psychology, Asian Americans/ psychology, Choice Behavior, Cohort Studies, Consumer Satisfaction, Female, Humans, Intergenerational Relations, Male, Multilingualism, Population Growth, Senior Centers, Social Environment, Social Identification, Social Values/ethnology, Social Work
AbstractJapanese American social service agencies and senior centers were created during the 1970s based on the needs of the first (Japanese-speaking) and second (bilingual) generations of Japanese Americans. In 2011, the oldest baby boomers turned 65. Acculturated, English-speaking Japanese American baby boomers may have different preferences about types of services and activities. This study compared the preferences of 230 Japanese American baby boomers and 183 seniors regarding ethnic-specific and nonethnic-specific social service and senior center environments. Despite acculturation, the baby boomers preferred the mixed service environment that included both Japanese-specific and nonethnic-specific activities, suggesting the importance of maintaining Japanese culture.
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