Cultural Factors relevant to Korean Americans in Health Research: A Systematic Review

Chanam Shin, Colleen Keller, Jeongha Sim

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Abstract

To eliminate health disparities in the United States, identifying cultural contexts salient to the target populations in an intervention study is critical; however, little research has been conducted on the identification of cultural contexts among Korean Americans who have significant risk factors for chronic diseases. This systematic review identifies critical cultural contexts central to the literature discussed in health research on Korean Americans. We examined 14 research reports of 801 potentially eligible articles published between 2000 and 2016 and analyzed their contribution to cultural contexts among Korean Americans based on the PEN-3 model. This review highlights how cultural contexts impact health and health behaviors of Korean Americans, and may contribute to health disparities in the United States. The key cultural contexts highlighted in this review include social support/social network, family, gender role expectations, and a holistic view of health and illness. These cultural contexts should be incorporated in designing culturally relevant, effective, and sustainable health interventions for Korean Americans, which will contribute to eliminating health disparities for this ethnic group who experience great obstacles to healthcare access and healthy behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Community Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Sep 13 2017

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Health
  • Health behaviors
  • Korean Americans
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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