Life stressors, social capital, and mental distress in older Asian Americans

Yong Ju Cho, Audrey Hang Hai, Yuri Jang

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The present study examined how mental distress of older Asian Americans is influenced by various types of life stressors and social capital. Participants who were 60 and older (n = 533) were selected from the 2015 Asian American Quality of Life survey. A high level of mental distress was observed in the sample, particularly in the Korean and Vietnamese groups. Results of multivariate analyses indicated the detrimental effects of health- and immigration-related stressors and the beneficial effects of family and community resources and suggested ways to promote their mental health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-327
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Mental health
  • life stressors
  • minority issues
  • older immigrants
  • social capital


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