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Qualitative Exploration of Acculturation and Life-Span Issues of Elderly Asian Americans

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concerning this article should be addressed to Jee Hyang Lee, Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, College of Education, University of Iowa, N358 Lindquist Center, Iowa City, IA 52242 (e-mail: jee-hyang-lee@uiowa.edu).

Abstract

Awareness of aging issues across diverse populations begins the journey toward counselors becoming culturally competent across client life spans. Understanding the life-span experiences of cultural groups is important for helping professionals. The purpose of this research was to gain insight into the qualitative experiences of Asian American elders. The authors conducted semistructured interviews with 8 participants between September 2010 and March 2011 and analyzed the data using the Consensual Qualitative Research method. Findings indicate unique patterns in life-span development with this population.

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