Learning Objective 1: To enhance the understanding of changes in traditional family relationships experienced by elderly Korean immigrants and its association with depression.
Learning Objective 2: To learn stressors related to depression in elderly Korean immigrants including stressful life events, acculturative stress, family relationships and social support.
Methods: This study utilized a cross-sectional survey research design to explore the relationships between stressful life events, acculturative stress, family relationships, social support and depression among elderly Korean immigrants.
Results: Using the regression model, this study identified that income, acculturative stress, and living place were significant predictors of depression. As income declined, depression increased; living with one's adult children was associated with less depression; depression increased in concert with accutlruative stress.
Conclusion: These findings suggest that maintaining family relationship may be a key factor in preventing and/or lessening depression in elderly Korean immigrants. Further research should be directed toward understanding family relationships as they unfold with immigration in elderly populations.
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