Willingness to use a nursing home: A study of Korean American elders

Yuri Jang, Giyeon Kim, David A. Chiriboga, Soyeon Cho

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This study explored predictors of willingness to use a nursing home in Korean American elders. Andersen's behavioral health model was adapted with predisposing factors (age, gender, education, length of residence in the United States), potential health needs (chronic condition, functional disability, self-perceived health), and network-related enabling factors (marital status and living arrangement, family network, having someone close living in a nursing home). Among 427 participants, 45% reported their willingness to use a nursing home. Logistic regression analysis showed that the likelihood of willingness increased when individuals had poorer perceived health and had a close other living in a nursing home. Findings indicate that (a) self-perceived health serves as a proxy for future needs for long-term care services, and (b) indirect exposure to formal care is an important enabler for more acceptance of nursing home use. Implications of the findings and further directions for research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-117
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2008


  • Korean American elders
  • Willingness to use a nursing home


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