Online Program

Factors related to the quality of life among Korean American women: Acculturation and personal resources

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Eunsuk Choi, PhD, MPH, RN, College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea, Republic of (South)
Jijun Kim, PhD. MPH. RN, Department of Nursing, Gachon University, Seongnam-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, Korea, Republic of (South)
Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN, Department of Community Public Health, School of Nursing, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Ethnic minority women in the United States are at risk of low quality of life (QOL) due to different culture and limited personal resources. Little is known about how acculturation and personal resources affect the QOL of immigrant women. This study aims to identify the effects of acculturation and personal resources on QOL among Korean American women.

The study participants were 560 Korean American women (21-64 years) in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, who completed the study survey in 2011. We used a 26-item version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life-100 (WHOQOL-BREF) for measuring the QOL. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis was performed to explore the predictors of QOL, especially the effects of acculturation and personal resources

The mean (Standard Deviation) score of the WHOQOL-BREF was 84.8 (13.2). Both acculturation and personal resources are significantly associated with the QOL, after controlling for age, education, marital status, employment, income and health insurance. Acculturation and personal resources accounted for 20.0% and 13.0% respectively of the variance in the QOL of Korean American Women

Findings suggest the development of interventions to facilitate acculturation adaptation and psychological capital management for promoting the QOL in the future study and practice targeting ethnically minority women.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
List the factors that influence the quality of life (QOL). Articulate the importance for considering acculturation and personal resources to promote the QOL among ethnic minority women.

Keyword(s): Quality of Care, Asian Americans

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.