General well-being of Korean immigrant elders: the significance of religiousness/spirituality and social support

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Roh, Soonhee
Lee, Kyoung Hag
Yoon, Dong Pil
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2013-07-01
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en_US
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General well-being , Religiousness , Spirituality , Social support , Korean immigrant elders
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This study examined how religiousness/spirituality (values/beliefs, private religious practice, religious/spiritual coping, and religious support) and social support are related to the general well-being (positive well-being, general health, vitality, self-control, anxiety, and depression) of 177 Korean immigrant elders (KIEs). Regression analysis revealed a significant association between religious/spiritual coping, religious support, and social support and the general well-being of KIEs. Social workers need to provide spiritually sensitive religious support and coping skills to KIEs to enhance their well-being. A future study needs to use a probability sampling method to confirm generalizable findings concerning the relationship between religiousness/spirituality and general well-being among KIEs.

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Roh, Soonhee; Lee, Kyoung Hag; Yoon, Dong Pil. 2013. General well-being of Korean immigrant elders: the significance of religiousness/spirituality and social support. Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 39:no. 4:pp.483-497, 2013 Special Issue: Spirituality in Social Service: Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Issues and Interventions—Part II
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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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0148-8376
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