The impact of employment and self-rated economic condition on the subjective well-being of older Korean immigrants

Bum Jung Kim, Yura Lee, Cindy Sangalang, Lesley M. Harris

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Abstract

Extensive research has demonstrated a relationship between socioeconomic factors and health among older adults, yet fewer studies have explored this relationship with older immigrants. This study aims to examine the influence of employment and self-rated economic condition on the subjective well-being of older Korean immigrants in the United States. Data were drawn from a cross-sectional study of 205 older Korean immigrants, aged 65 to 90, in Los Angeles County. Hierarchical regression was employed to explore the independent and interactive effects of employment status and self-rated economic condition. The study found that employment and self-rated economic status were positively associated with subjective well-being. Also, the interaction between employment and self-rated economic status was significantly associated with higher levels of subjective well-being, such that the influence of self-rated economic condition was stronger for unemployed older Korean immigrants compared with those who were employed. This population-based study provides empirical evidence that employment and self-rated economic condition are directly associated with subjective well-being for older Korean immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-203
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Volume81
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Older Korean immigrants
  • Self-rated economic condition
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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