Private religious practice, spiritual coping, social support, and health status among older Korean adult immigrants

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2014
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Lee, Kyoung Hag
Hwang, Myung Jin
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Lee, Kyoung Hag; Hwang, Myung Jin. 2014. Private religious practice, spiritual coping, social support, and health status among older Korean adult immigrants. Soc Work Public Health. vol. 29:no. 5:pp 428-443

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This study explored the role of spiritual factors and social support on the health status of 246 older Korean adult immigrants age 65 years or older. Ordinary least squares regression results revealed that private religious practice, spiritual coping, and social support were significantly associated with improved health status. However, stressors such as the lack of English proficiency and transportation, longer residency in the United States, and financial problems were significantly associated with lower health status. Social workers need to consider providing appropriate spiritual interventions and social support programs for older Korean adult immigrants so that they may better handle their stressors and health problems.

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