Joy Rong

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Honors Thesis


Current research has addressed the underutilization of healthcare services for chronically ill, older Chinese immigrants; yet one area of research that needs to be explored thoroughly is the experiences of both older Chinese immigrants and their adult children caregivers in a dyad. This study aimed to explore the experiences of older Chinese immigrants and their adult children caregivers with formal social services and support. Conventional content analysis was used to examine secondary data of dyad interview transcripts. The results were that four major negative aspects of service usage (language, transportation, immigration status, and inaccessibility) and two major positive aspects of service usage (translation and the church) emerged in the dyads’ responses. Implications for social work practice will be to continue to provide translation services during the helping process, to advocate for accessible transportation for older adults, and to encourage social services and churches to partner together to reach immigrant communities.

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