Cultural Fusion: Rethinking Assimilation Theory in Older Adult Immigrants Healthcare Decisions

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160331
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Presentation
Title:
Cultural Fusion: Rethinking Assimilation Theory in Older Adult Immigrants Healthcare Decisions
Abstract:
Cultural Fusion: Rethinking Assimilation Theory in Older Adult Immigrants Healthcare Decisions
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2005
Author:Chiang-Hanisko, Lenny, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Kent State University
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, P. O. Box 5190, Kent, OH, 44242-0001, USA
Contact Telephone:(330)672-8817
The purpose of this study was to examine the assimilation experiences
of older adult immigrants in light of "new assimilation theory" and to
consider the implications for providing culturally competent healthcare.
This study strived to corroborate assimilation as a paradigm to understand
older adult immigrant healthcare decisions. A look at new assimilation
concepts included transnationalism, convergence or cultural fusion,
selective acculturation and contemporary multiculturalism as factors that
decisively shape immigrants life and health decisions. This descriptive
study incorporated a structured demographic questionnaire as well as a
semi-structured interview guide created to obtain older adult immigrants'
experiences of assimilation. A qualitative research in-depth interview was
used as a methodology. Thirty informants aged 54 to 90 years who were
self-reported Asian, European and Hispanic immigrants and could read and
write English were recruited using theoretical sampling. Data collection
was conducted primary from face-to-face, tape-recorded interviews. Data
were transcribed verbatim, coded, and analyzed using the constant
comparative method. This study verified how individual older adult
immigrants acculturate at different rates and often selectively discard
some aspects of their immigrant cultural and healthcare practices while
retaining others. The concept of transnationalism is discussed to show how
older adult immigrants maintain a continuous link between their societies
of origin and settlement thus creating a "cultural fit" when it comes to
making decisions about healthcare issues. The findings will help health
professionals understand the importance of assimilation in planning
culturally appropriate care strategies by incorporating contemporary
assimilation concepts in developing the best strategies to improve quality
of life in older adult immigrants.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCultural Fusion: Rethinking Assimilation Theory in Older Adult Immigrants Healthcare Decisionsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160331-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Cultural Fusion: Rethinking Assimilation Theory in Older Adult Immigrants Healthcare Decisions</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Chiang-Hanisko, Lenny, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Kent State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, P. O. Box 5190, Kent, OH, 44242-0001, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">(330)672-8817</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lchiang@kent.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The purpose of this study was to examine the assimilation experiences <br/> of older adult immigrants in light of &quot;new assimilation theory&quot; and to <br/> consider the implications for providing culturally competent healthcare. <br/> This study strived to corroborate assimilation as a paradigm to understand <br/> older adult immigrant healthcare decisions. A look at new assimilation <br/> concepts included transnationalism, convergence or cultural fusion, <br/> selective acculturation and contemporary multiculturalism as factors that <br/> decisively shape immigrants life and health decisions. This descriptive <br/> study incorporated a structured demographic questionnaire as well as a <br/> semi-structured interview guide created to obtain older adult immigrants'<br/> experiences of assimilation. A qualitative research in-depth interview was <br/> used as a methodology. Thirty informants aged 54 to 90 years who were <br/> self-reported Asian, European and Hispanic immigrants and could read and <br/> write English were recruited using theoretical sampling. Data collection <br/> was conducted primary from face-to-face, tape-recorded interviews. Data <br/> were transcribed verbatim, coded, and analyzed using the constant <br/> comparative method. This study verified how individual older adult <br/> immigrants acculturate at different rates and often selectively discard <br/> some aspects of their immigrant cultural and healthcare practices while <br/> retaining others. The concept of transnationalism is discussed to show how <br/> older adult immigrants maintain a continuous link between their societies <br/> of origin and settlement thus creating a &quot;cultural fit&quot; when it comes to <br/> making decisions about healthcare issues. The findings will help health <br/> professionals understand the importance of assimilation in planning <br/> culturally appropriate care strategies by incorporating contemporary <br/> assimilation concepts in developing the best strategies to improve quality <br/> of life in older adult immigrants.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:50:29Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:50:29Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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