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Perception of Elder Mistreatment and Its Link to Help-Seeking Intention: A Comparison of Elderly Korean and Korean American Immigrants

TitlePerception of Elder Mistreatment and Its Link to Help-Seeking Intention: A Comparison of Elderly Korean and Korean American Immigrants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsLee, HYun, Yoon, HSook, Shin, N, Moon, JYoung, Kwon, JHee, Park, ESoo, Nam, R, Kang, SBo, Park, KHwa
JournalClinical GerontologistClinical Gerontologist
Volume34
Pagination287-304
ISBN Number0731-7115
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and Over, Attitude Measures, Chi Square Test, Comparative Studies, Convenience Sample, Cultural Values -- In Old Age, Descriptive Statistics, Educational Status, Elder Abuse -- Ethnology, Employment Status, Female, Funding Source, Gerontologic Care, Help Seeking Behavior -- In Old Age, Human, Immigrants, Interviews, Korea, Koreans -- In Old Age, Logistic Regression, Male, Marital Status, Middle Age, Odds Ratio, P-Value, Purposive Sample, Quota Sample, Scales, Summated Rating Scaling, Surveys, T-Tests, United States, Vignettes
AbstractThe study examined perceptions of elder mistreatment (EM) and help-seeking intentions in two older Korean cohorts-residents in Korea (n = 124) and Korean immigrants (n = 124) in the United States, recruited using a quota sampling strategy. A mixed method survey utilized four hypothetical scenarios of physical, financial, and psychological abuse and neglect. A majority of participants perceived physical, financial, and psychological abuse scenarios as EM but not the neglect scenario. Multivariate analysis showed strong association between perception of mistreatment and help-seeking intention in the Korea-based cohort for all types of EM. In the immigrant cohort, help-seeking intention was associated with only the physical abuse vignette. The results suggest a need for culturally sensitive, type-specific EM interventions and education and policies on elder neglect in both countries.
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