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Social and cultural construction of urinary incontinence among Korean American elderly women

TitleSocial and cultural construction of urinary incontinence among Korean American elderly women
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsKang, Y, Crogan, NL
JournalGeriatr NursGeriatr Nurs
Volume29
Pagination105-11
Date PublishedMar-Apr
ISBN Number0197-4572 (Print)<br/>0197-4572 (Linking)
Accession Number18394511
KeywordsAged, Asian Americans/education/ ethnology, Confucianism/psychology, Family/ethnology, Female, Geriatric Nursing, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Korea/ethnology, Nursing Methodology Research, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Prejudice, Quality of Life/psychology, Shame, Social Values/ethnology, United States/epidemiology, Urinary Incontinence/ ethnology/prevention & control, Women/education/ psychology
AbstractThe purpose of this article is to describe the social and cultural constructions that influence help-seeking for urinary incontinence (UI) among Korean American elderly women. Many Korean American elder women do not perceive UI as a problem worthy of attention. The reason may lie in its social and cultural construction. The social construction is rooted in the collectivist nature of Korean culture, which makes UI a family, rather than an individual, problem. The cultural construction is related to Confucianism, which directs conceptions about ageism, shame, and fatalism. This article will help the gerontological nurse to better understand Korean American elderly women's sociocultural background related to UI care and could lead to appropriate family centered interventions to manage or treat UI in this population.
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