Personal Views about Aging among Korean American Older Adults: The Role of Physical Health, Social Network, and Acculturation

Giyeon Kim, Yuri Jang, David A. Chiriboga

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Abstract

Given the importance of a positive attitude towards one's own aging, we examined its predictors in a sample of 230 Korean American older adults (M age = 69.8 years, SD = 7.05). Personal views about aging, measured with a subscale of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale (PGCMS), were regressed on demographic variables, physical health-related factors, and psychosocial attributes (social network and acculturation). Results from the hierarchical regression analysis showed that better physical health conditions (fewer chronic conditions, less functional disability, and better vision) were associated with more positive personal views about aging. Other significant contributors included larger social networks and higher levels of acculturation. Findings suggest that personal views about aging among immigrant elderly populations can be enhanced by promoting physical health, social connectedness, and acculturation. Ways to maintain and improve positive attitudes about personal aging are discussed in a cultural context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-148
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Attitude toward aging
  • Korean-American elders
  • Personal view about aging
  • Social network

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