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Religion and spirituality as predictors of well-being among Chinese American and Korean American older adults

TitleReligion and spirituality as predictors of well-being among Chinese American and Korean American older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsLee, E-KOthelia
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality & AgingJournal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging
Volume19
Pagination77-100
ISBN Number1552-8030<br/>1528-686X
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2007-13449-006
Keywords*Aging, *Asians, *Religiosity, *Spirituality, *Well Being, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Religion, Religion [2920], religion, spirituality, well-being, Chinese American, Korean American, older adults, us
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to understand the multidimensional aspects of religion, spirituality, and well-being among Asian American older adults with a primary focus on examining how much the effect of religion and spirituality can account for subjective well-being. Respondents were 145 older adults (76 Chinese and 69 Koreans). In an attempt to measure a broad range of religion and spirituality, the Multidimensional Measures of Religiousness and Spirituality (MMRS; NIA/Fetzer, 1999) were used. Utilization of religious coping skills was associated with greater life satisfaction. Greater practice of forgiveness contributed to improving life satisfaction and self-efficacy for older Korean and Chinese Americans. Religious support was associated with decreased depression and increased life satisfaction. In contrast, less private religious practice enhanced greater self-efficacy. Implications for practice and research are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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