ERIC Number: ED241869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
Korean Elderly in America: Acculturation and Changes in Life Style.
Koh, Yang K.; Bell, William G.
As the numbers of Korean immigrants, particularly Korean elders continues to increase, their adjustment problems and service needs are beginning to receive attention in communities with a large influx of Asian immigrants. To examine Korean elders' use of filial and formal support systems in dealing with their problems, 151 older Koreans living in New York City were interviewed. Most subjects had migrated to the United States within the past 10 years. The study focused on living arrangements of Korean elders, on service needs, on the pattern of help between adult children and aging parents, and on the use of formal services by Korean elderly. Among major findings, the sample respondents expressed a strong preference for living apart from their children who had brought them to the United Sates, mirroring a pattern of intergenerational living arrangements more characteristic of the United States than Korea. Help between generations was reciprocal, but a substantial proportion of older Koreans turned increasingly to formal agencies for help in time of illness, for income maintenance, housing assistance and transportation, to supplement help from family and friends. As expected, a lack of bilingual communication skills on the part of Korean elders and service providers created a barrier to the use of essential services by older Koreans. To remove the existing barriers and to improve the delivery of services, Korean elders suggested that a multiservice center be organized and administered by Korean speaking staff. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (36th, San Francisco, CA, November 17-22, 1983).