Exploring Definitions of Financial Abuse in Elderly Korean Immigrants: The Contribution of Traditional Cultural Values

Hee Yun Lee, Sang E. Lee, Charissa K. Eaton

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the cultural definitions of financial abuse from the perspective of 124 elderly Korean immigrants and to examine the role of traditional cultural values in their definitions by using a mixed methods approach. The qualitative analysis generated four themes relevant to definition of financial abuse. A binary logistic regression indicated that those with stronger cultural adherence to traditional values had higher odds of providing culture-based definitions of financial abuse. Education is needed for health professionals, social service providers, and adult protective workers to increase their understanding of culture-specific experiences of financial abuse among ethnic minority elders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-311
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • culture
  • definition
  • elder mistreatment
  • elderly Korean immigrants
  • financial abuse
  • immigration

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