Health-promoting behaviors of elderly korean immigrants in the United States

Public Health Nurs. 2002 Jul-Aug;19(4):294-300. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1446.2002.19409.x.


The purpose of this study was to explore health-promoting behaviors among elderly Korean immigrants, and to examine the relationships of their health-promoting behaviors with self-efficacy and perceived health status. One hundred ten elderly Korean immigrants residing in the United States were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. The mean score of health promoting behaviors of elderly Korean immigrants was 2.54 on the 5-point Likert scale. Nutrition was the subdomain with the highest mean score (M=3.01) and exercise was the subdomain with the lowest mean score (M=1.92). Both self-efficacy (r=0.49, p=0.01) and perceived health status (r=0.19, p=0.043) were significantly related to health-promoting behaviors. Education (F=3.61, p=0.016) and economic status (F=3.01, p=0.034) were significantly associated with health-promoting behaviors. This study showed poor practices of healthy lifestyles of elderly Korean immigrants. Low exercise scores indicated the need for community based exercise and health promotion programs for the elderly Korean immigrants population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Korea / ethnology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Self Concept
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States