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ERIC Number: EJ990702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Collective Worldviews and Health of Pacific American Elders
Ihara, Emily S.; Vakalahi, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue
Educational Gerontology, v38 n6 p400-411 2012
The community as part of the social environment is a key social determinant of health and is a central organizing feature of Pacific culture. A collective worldview informs the way social support is conceived in Pacific cultures, and it is core to Samoan and Tongan elders' perceptions of the influence of community on health and well-being. In turn, inability to fulfill community responsibilities may be an indication of poor health and well-being and may be distressful because of this collective worldview. Using principles of grounded theory that informed the data collection and analysis, in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 Samoan and 10 Tongan elders in Hawai'i, the port of entry for most Pacific Americans migrating to the U.S. and the location where the majority of Samoans and Tongans reside. Four main themes--community norms, social functions of community, community capacity, and negative community influences--were identified as community factors affecting the health and well-being of Samoan and Tongan elders. Implications for research and policy practice are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii