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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 429249, 7 pages
Research Article

Family Relationships and Depression among Elderly Korean Immigrants

Nursing Department, DePaul University, 990 W. Fullerton Avenue, Suite 3000, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

Received 21 March 2011; Accepted 24 April 2011

Academic Editors: K.-C. Lin and B. Lundman

Copyright © 2011 Young-Me Lee and Karyn Holm. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The purposes of the study were to describe family relationships within the context of living arrangements (living with adult children or without adult children) and support network, and to further determine associations of these factors to depression in elderly Korean immigrants. Over 70% ( 𝑁 = 1 6 0 ) of Korean elders were found to live apart from their adult children. However, Korean elders who were living independently reported higher levels of depression in spite of their expressed desire to live independently and to be less dependent upon their adult children. These findings suggest that family support and close relationships with their adult children play a central role in adjusting to a new life and in preventing and/or lessening depression in elderly Korean immigrants.