Symptoms of stress and health-promoting behaviour of middle-aged Korean immigrant women in the United States

Kuem Sun Han, Karen G. Schepp

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Aims: The purpose of this study was to identify influencing factors on symptoms of stress and health-promoting behaviour in Korean immigrant women in the United States, and to collect basic data for use in the development of health-promoting strategies. Methods: This descriptive study was conducted in a sample of 172 Korean immigrant women aged 40 to 60 years living in the north-western region of the United States. Subjects completed a self-report questionnaire. The instruments used to measure symptoms of stress and health-promoting behaviour had been used in previous research in Korean subjects, and were verified for validity of content and internal consistency. Results: The data indicated a significant negative correlation between symptoms of stress and health-promoting behaviour Perceived stress, social support, and self-esteem appear to be significant influencing factors for symptoms of stress, and social support and symptoms of stress are significant influencing factors for health-promoting behaviour In stepwise multiple regression analysis, the most powerfid predictor for symptoms of stress was perceived stress, and that for health-promoting behaviour was social support. Conclusions: The combination of cultural factors and translocation into a foreign country create a variety of stressors in Korean immigrant women. The results of this study highlight the need for the development and testing of targeted health-promoting interventions based on stress management for this and similar populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalAsian Journal of Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar 1



  • Cultural characteristics
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Health behaviour
  • Korea
  • Patient acceptance of health care
  • Phychological stress
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN
  • Review and Exam Preparation

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