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HOUSEHOLD STATUS AND HEADSHIP AMONG UNMARRIED ASIAN INDIAN WOMEN IN LATER LIFE - AVAILABILITY, FEASIBILITY, AND DESIRABILITY FACTORS

TitleHOUSEHOLD STATUS AND HEADSHIP AMONG UNMARRIED ASIAN INDIAN WOMEN IN LATER LIFE - AVAILABILITY, FEASIBILITY, AND DESIRABILITY FACTORS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsBurr, JA
JournalResearch on AgingResearch on Aging
Volume14
Pagination199-225
Date PublishedJun
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0164-0275
Accession NumberISI:A1992HY20100003
Keywordsamericans, assimilation, context, diversity, institutionalization, living arrangements, older women, propensity, Trends, united-states
AbstractThis study applies a conceptual framework to the living arrangements of older unmarried Asian Indian women in the United States that allows for the evaluation of cultural diversity. The model holds that living arrangements at the end of the life cycle are determined by three sets of factors: availability of kin, feasibility as related to economic and health status, and desirability of living arrangements as related to cultural identity and adaptation. The multinomial logistic regression results show that despite the strong family norms of Asian Indians and their minority group status, older unmarried Asian Indian females are more likely than their White counterparts to live alone. In a separate analysis of Asian Indian women, the evidence shows that acculturated Asian Indian females are more likely than less acculturated members of this ethnic group to live alone as compared to living as part of a larger household without headship.