Transforming vulnerability

West J Nurs Res. 2003 Nov;25(7):835-53. doi: 10.1177/0193945903256711.


Asian American immigrant women engaged in filial caregiving are at special risk for health problems due to complex contextual factors related to immigration, cultural traditions, and role transition. This study examines the experience of two groups of immigrant Asian American women who are caring for older parents. A total of 41 women (22 Chinese American and 19 Filipino American) were interviewed in a study based on Strauss and Corbin's grounded theory methodology. The women were determined to be loyal to their traditional culture, which included strong filial values, while adapting to a new culture. Through the struggle of meeting role expectations and coping with paradox, the women mobilized personal and family resources to transform vulnerability into strength and well-being.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asian People
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Research
  • Philippines
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women's Health / ethnology*