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Living arrangements of elderly Chinese and Japanese in the United States

TitleLiving arrangements of elderly Chinese and Japanese in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsKamo, Y, Zhou, M
JournalJournal of Marriage and the FamilyJournal of Marriage and the Family
Volume56
Pagination544-558
Date PublishedAug
ISBN Number0022-2445
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2001-05394-002
Keywords*Japanese Americans, *Living Arrangements, China Japan US, Culture & Ethnology [2930], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), living arrangement patterns, elderly, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans
AbstractExamined patterns of living arrangements among elderly individuals of Chinese and Japanese descent in the US. Census data of 2,814 Chinese and 2,596 Japanese individuals (aged 65+ yrs) residing in the US were examined. Results show that Ss' patterns of living arrangements varied among Chinese, Japanese, and non-Hispanic White controls. Elderly Chinese and Japanese Ss were more likely than controls to live in extended family households, particularly in their ever-married children's homes. This pattern remained after controlling for place of birth. More unmarried elderly females lived with ever-married children than did males. It is concluded that the influence of immigrant culture is significantly reduced through acculturation, but that the effect is nonlinear and that the cultural effect on elderly living arrangements will persist longer than predicted by modernization and assimilation models. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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