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Living in a different world: acculturative stress among Korean American elders

TitleLiving in a different world: acculturative stress among Korean American elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsJang, Y, Chiriboga, DA
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc SciJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number1758-5368 (Electronic)<br/>1079-5014 (Linking)
Accession Number19346438
KeywordsAcculturation, Adaptation, Psychological, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Asian Americans/psychology/ statistics & numerical data, Attitude to Health/ ethnology, Depression/ethnology, Emigration and Immigration/statistics & numerical data, Female, Florida/epidemiology, Humans, Male, Mental Health/ statistics & numerical data, Middle Aged, Questionnaires, Residence Characteristics, Social Support, Stress, Psychological/ ethnology/psychology
AbstractUsing a sample of Korean American elders, this study examined internal mechanisms by which the level of acculturation influences mental health outcomes. We hypothesized that the impact of five domains of acculturation on mental distress (depressive symptoms and anxiety) would be mediated by individuals' subjectively appraised acculturative stress. The latter was indexed by measures of task-oriented and emotion-oriented stress. The results from structural equation modeling with 472 Korean American elders in Florida (M age = 69.9, SD = 7.04) provided support for the mediation model. Findings demonstrate that acculturation exerts an influence on mental health and that acculturative stress functions as a mediator in the linkage between the level of acculturation and mental distress. Findings suggest avenues for facilitating immigrant elders' positive adaptation and promoting their mental well-being.
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