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Religious/spiritual and other adaptive coping strategies among Chinese American older immigrants

TitleReligious/spiritual and other adaptive coping strategies among Chinese American older immigrants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLee, EK, Chan, K
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume52
Pagination517-33
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number0163-4372 (Print)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number19585326
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Asian Americans/ psychology, China/ethnology, Emigrants and Immigrants/ psychology, Female, Geriatrics, Humans, Male, Mental Health, Religion, Social Work, Socioeconomic Factors, Spirituality, United States/epidemiology
AbstractAlthough recent scholarship focuses on the importance of religion to ethnic minorities and immigrants, relatively little attention has been given to how faith and spirituality help Asian immigrant elderly cope with life's challenges. This exploratory study was undertaken via in-depth interviews with 12 Chinese American older adults to further explore the meaning of suffering and faith as a coping mechanism for these challenges. Findings reveal that these respondents have developed particular adaptive strategies in managing their life challenges incorporating socio-emotional, cognitive, and instrumental aspects. Religious/spiritual coping was found to be embedded with respondents' values, faith, and cultural beliefs, and seem to be an important factor in developing effective coping strategies. Implications for the importance of culturally sensitive social work practice are discussed.
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