The Experiences and Challenges of Informal Caregivers: A Korean Immigrants Study

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154546
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Presentation
Title:
The Experiences and Challenges of Informal Caregivers: A Korean Immigrants Study
Abstract:
The Experiences and Challenges of Informal Caregivers: A Korean Immigrants Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Han, Hae-Ra, RN, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:The Johns Hopkins University
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Miyong T. Kim, RN, PhD; Kim B. Kim, PhD
An increasing number of older persons in the Asian population places unforeseen long-term care demands on Asian caregivers, yet minimal attention has been given to the issue of caregiving in this group. This study attempted to fill this gap by describing Korean caregivers? unique caregiving experiences from their perspective. A qualitative research design using a focus group approach was employed to discuss the meaning of caregiving in their cultural context. Twenty-four informants, mostly women, at varying points surrounding caregiving, participated. Each focus group interview lasted for about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Thematic analysis was conducted by two bilingual researchers.  Five themes within three contexts emerged from the data. Korean caregivers found themselves living within the contexts of (a) facing double challenges, (b) living with wavering expectations, and (c) being in a different culture. Five themes characterized their caregiving experiences: (1) being confused about traditional value of filial piety (Hyo), (2) providing care they need, (3) feeling out of my capacity, (4) being connected versus providing connection, and (5) reconsidering geriatric care systems. The findings indicate that the caregiving structure of Korean families with chronically ill or handicapped senior members is largely dependent upon informal (unpaid) or family caregivers and that these families are often left without systematic help in terms of finding emotional support or logistical help (i.e., home care) because of language and cultural barriers as a predominantly first-generation immigrant group. While this study was one of few targeting a recent immigrant group, the findings suggest that there is a strong need for developing an intervention program that can help families of Korean American seniors with serious chronic illnesses or handicaps to keep the affected seniors in the home setting as long as possible and to prevent or reduce institutionalizations of Korean American seniors.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Experiences and Challenges of Informal Caregivers: A Korean Immigrants Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154546-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Experiences and Challenges of Informal Caregivers: A Korean Immigrants Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Han, Hae-Ra, RN, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The Johns Hopkins University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hhan@son.jhmi.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Miyong T. Kim, RN, PhD; Kim B. Kim, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">An increasing number of older persons in the Asian population places unforeseen long-term care demands on Asian caregivers, yet minimal attention has been given to the issue of caregiving in this group. This study attempted to fill this gap by describing Korean caregivers? unique caregiving experiences from their perspective. A qualitative research design using a focus group approach was employed to discuss the meaning of caregiving in their cultural context. Twenty-four informants, mostly women, at varying points surrounding caregiving, participated. Each focus group interview lasted for about 1 &frac12; to 2 hours. Thematic analysis was conducted by two bilingual researchers.&nbsp; Five themes within three contexts emerged from the data. Korean caregivers found themselves living within the contexts of (a) facing double challenges, (b) living with wavering expectations, and (c) being in a different culture. Five themes characterized their caregiving experiences: (1) being confused about traditional value of filial piety (Hyo), (2) providing care they need, (3) feeling out of my capacity, (4) being connected versus providing connection, and (5) reconsidering geriatric care systems. The findings indicate that the caregiving structure of Korean families with chronically ill or handicapped senior members is largely dependent upon informal (unpaid) or family caregivers and that these families are often left without systematic help in terms of finding emotional support or logistical help (i.e., home care) because of language and cultural barriers as a predominantly first-generation immigrant group. While this study was one of few targeting a recent immigrant group, the findings suggest that there is a strong need for developing an intervention program that can help families of Korean American seniors with serious chronic illnesses or handicaps to keep the affected seniors in the home setting as long as possible and to prevent or reduce institutionalizations of Korean American seniors.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:05:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:05:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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