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Intergenerational relations and elder care preferences of Asian Indians in North Carolina

TitleIntergenerational relations and elder care preferences of Asian Indians in North Carolina
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSudha, S
JournalJ Cross Cult GerontolJ Cross Cult Gerontol
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1573-0719 (Electronic)<br/>0169-3816 (Linking)
Accession Number24370947
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and Over, Asian Continental Ancestry Group/ethnology/ psychology, Caregivers, Culture, Emigrants and Immigrants/psychology, Family/ ethnology, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Health Services Needs and Demand, Humans, India/ethnology, Intergenerational Relations/ ethnology, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, North Carolina, Qualitative Research
AbstractThe US older population is growing in ethnic diversity. Persistent ethnic disparities in service use among seniors are linked to structural barriers to access, and also to family processes such as cultural preferences and intergenerational relations. There is sparse information on the latter issue for immigrant ethnic minority seniors. Information on the Asian group (the fastest growing senior sub-population) is extremely scarce, due to this group's diversity in national, linguistic, and cultural origins. We conducted a qualitative study among community-dwelling Asian Indian families (including at least one member aged 60 years and older) in North Carolina to examine preferences of seniors and the midlife generation regarding elder care, and the role of intergenerational relations in desired care for elders, exploring the theoretical perspective of intergenerational relationship ambivalence. Our results suggest that cultural preferences, ambivalence in intergenerational relations, and regulations on health service eligibility among immigrant/transnational seniors and midlife adults influence preferences for elder care.