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Pacific Island elderly: A model for bridging generations and systems

TitlePacific Island elderly: A model for bridging generations and systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsVakalahi, HF, Heffernan, K'ilani, Johnson, RNiu
JournalThe Journal of Baccalaureate Social WorkThe Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work
Volume12
Pagination26-41
Date PublishedSpr
ISBN Number1084-7219
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2007-17812-001
Keywords*Aging, *Cultural Sensitivity, *Intergenerational Relations, *Kinship, *Systems, Caregivers, Clinical Practice, Community & Social Services [3373], Elder Care, Extended Family, Generational Differences, Ho'okele model, Pacific Islanders, intergenerational kinship care, multiple systemic living, generation gap, traditional practice, elderly people, cultural relevance, social work, Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), Models, Oceania/Pacific Islands, pacific islanders, Social Casework
AbstractThis article describes a model called Ho'okele that portrays the important role of the Pacific Islander elderly in bridging generations and systems through examining the traditional practice of intergenerational kinship care and multiple systemic living. Thus, the Ho'okele model, meaning "to navigate" in the Hawaiian language, focuses on two clusters of concepts: 1) intergenerational relationships, connections, and kinship care among Pacific Islander children, parents, grandparents, and ancestors; and 2) multiple systemic living involving the individual, family, culture, community, heaven, earth, and other systems. The model can be used as a visual depiction of an individual's place in the family and community. The article proposes the integration of this model into social work education curriculum and its use in informing culturally relevant social work practice, policy, and research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).