Experience of elder abuse among older Korean immigrants

J Elder Abuse Negl. 2016;28(2):76-94. doi: 10.1080/08946566.2016.1156593.


Studies on the scope and nature of Asian American elder abuse conducted with older immigrants are extremely limited. The overall purpose of this study was to examine the extent and type of elder abuse among older Korean immigrants, and to investigate critical predictors of elder abuse in this population. The sample consisted of 200 older Korean immigrants aged 60 to 90 years who resided in Los Angeles County in 2008. One of the key findings indicated that 58.3% of respondents experienced one or more types of elder abuse. Logistic regression indicated that the victims' health status and educational level were statistically significant predictors of the likelihood of experiencing abuse. The present study, although limited in sample size, measures, sampling methods, and population representation, has contributed to this important area of knowledge. It is recommended that future studies conduct research on elder abuse with more representative national samples that can measure the extent of abuse and neglect more accurately.

Keywords: Culture; Korean immigrants; elder abuse; older adults.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Elder Abuse / classification
  • Elder Abuse / ethnology
  • Elder Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Los Angeles / ethnology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Republic of Korea / ethnology