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Faith-based community support for Korean American older adults

This study used a phenomenological approach for data collection and analysis based on interviews with 20 Korean immigrants, the first generation, aged 55 and older, on faith-based community support for these elders. Interviews began with a series of open-ended questions presented in an informal conversational style. Informants were asked to respond to questions on life challenges, support networks, and their coping styles. Major themes that emerged from the data, were 1) Religious Practice, 2) Faith-based Community as Social Capital, 3) Spiritual Needs, 4) Meaning of Suffering, and 5) Challenges and Conflicts. The data suggested that religious and spiritual practices such as prayer, worship and fellowship positively reinforce feelings of connectedness and healthy behaviors among elderly Korean immigrants. A best practice model for outreach, education, and prevention for mental health services that includes collaboration between social workers and clergy is suggested. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).

E.K.Othelia Lee
C.Hee An
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