Perception of elder mistreatment and its link to help-seeking intention: A comparison of elderly Korean and Korean American immigrants

Hee Yun Lee, Hyun Sook Yoon, Narae Shin, Ji Young Moon, Jong Hee Kwon, Eun Soo Park, Ryun Nam, Sung Bo Kang, Keum Hwa Park

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Abstract

The study examined perceptions of elder mistreatment (EM) and help-seeking intentions in two older Korean cohorts-residents in Korea (n = 124) and Korean immigrants (n = 124) in the United States, recruited using a quota sampling strategy. A mixed method survey utilized four hypothetical scenarios of physical, financial, and psychological abuse and neglect. A majority of participants perceived physical, financial, and psychological abuse scenarios as EM but not the neglect scenario. Multivariate analysis showed strong association between perception of mistreatment and help-seeking intention in the Korea-based cohort for all types of EM. In the immigrant cohort, help-seeking intention was associated with only the physical abuse vignette. The results suggest a need for culturally sensitive, type-specific EM interventions and education and policies on elder neglect in both countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-304
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The U.S.-based research was supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Korea-based research was supported by the GOAL-NURI program funded by the Korea Research Foundation.

Copyright:
Copyright 2011 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Elder mistreatment
  • Elderly
  • Financial abuse
  • Help-seeking intention
  • Korean elders
  • Korean immigrant
  • Neglect
  • Perception
  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological abuse

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