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Document Type


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Master of Urban Studies (M.U.S.) in Urban Studies


Urban Studies and Planning


Korean Americans -- Housing -- United States, Aging parents -- Housing -- United States



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1 online resource, (89 p.)


Many Korean-American elders in America are new immigrants who are faced with cultural change and adjustment problems. In recent years, these Korean-American elders have been undergoing a change in their living situation by moving away from their adult children into independent living arrangements. This study draws on a sample of 50 Korean-American elders in subsidized housing who are over the age of sixty and live in the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan area to investigate factors involved in their choice of and their well-being in independent living arrangements. Through interviews, the study specifically gives attention to why the elders moved, whether they had the decision power, how satisfied they are with the current situation, how independent they are physically and socially, their self-esteem, and their perceived relationship with their children. I find that the elders feel much more comfortable living on their own and they are more satisfied with the current situation than when living with children. The elders for the most part had the decision power when choosing to move out and they are capable of carrying out the daily activities by themselves. Results suggest that the children are the elders' primary helping network, and the elders' self-esteem and their perceived relationship with their children are strong.


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