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J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2010 Mar;25(1):21-43. doi: 10.1007/s10823-010-9112-z.

Chronic illness self-care and the family lives of older adults: a synthetic review across four ethnic groups.

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Department of Health Policy, Management, & Behavior, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA. mgallant@uamail.albany.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to integrate the literature on family and social ties among older ethnic minority men and women with the literature on chronic illness self-care among elders in these groups, in order to increase understanding of social influences on self-care behavior, raise questions for future research, and inform culturally appropriate interventions to maximize the health-promoting potential of social relationships. The paper presents demographic and chronic illness prevalence information, and then summarizes literature about patterns of chronic illness self-care behaviors for older African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and American Indians in the U.S. For each group, the sociological literature about residential, cultural, and socioeconomic patterns, family lives, and other social ties is then reviewed, and the self-care literature that has accounted for these patterns is discussed. Finally, six themes are outlined and related questions are identified to further illuminate the social context of older adults' chronic illness self-care.

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20177963
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PMC2929526
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10.1007/s10823-010-9112-z
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