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Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2000;50(4):385-95.

Subjective quality of life of Polish, Polish-immigrant, and Polish-American elderly.

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  • 1Buehler Center on Aging, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2611, USA.

Abstract

This study compared the subjective quality of life of elderly Poles living in Poland, and Polish immigrants and Polish-American ethnics living in Chicago. The article is a secondary data analysis of a study that replicated an earlier study conducted in Poland. The study uses three measures of quality of life used in the earlier study-self assessments of health, initiative, and fulfillment of plans and wishes-and develops a composite measure. The results showed that Polish-American ethnic elderly had significantly better subjective quality of life than Polish-immigrant elderly, and Polish-immigrant elderly had significantly better subjective quality of life than elderly Poles in Poland. These conclusions lend support to the idea the U.S.-born elderly people and elderly immigrants to the United States have access to an American cultural construct of "vital aging." However, immigration is also a risk factor worthy of being added to the traditional "triple jeopardy."

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