Published: 15 May 2024

Researchers: Park, J., Wilber, K., Wu, S., Aranda, M. P., Oh, H., & Jang, Y. (2024). Risk Factors for Elder Mistreatment Among Older Korean Americans. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 00914150241253235.


Using data from a sample of older Korean Americans (= 2,150), we examined the prevalence and associated factors of physical, emotional, and financial mistreatment. Given the importance of contextual factors, we examined the effect of immigration-related (years in the U.S. and acculturation) and interpersonal/community-related (family solidarity, social network, and ethnic community social cohesion) factors in addition to sociodemographic and health-related characteristics. The rate of experiencing physical, emotional, and financial mistreatment during the past year was 3%, 37.9%, and 16.1%, respectively. Younger age and lower family solidarity were common risk factors for emotional and financial mistreatment. The experience of emotional mistreatment was also more likely among females and those with higher level of acculturation, smaller social networks, and lower ethnic community social cohesion. Chronic disease was an additional risk factor for financial mistreatment. The findings suggest targeted prevention and intervention strategies for elder mistreatment.

Keywords: Asian Americans; elder mistreatment; older Asian immigrants; older Korean Americans; risk factors.


  • 1Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 2Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 3Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 4Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 5Department of Social Welfare, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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