The Quality of Life in Asian Immigrant Elders: Focusing on Gambling Behaviors


The purpose of this study is to explore gambling issues (i.e., the experiences, cultural meanings and definitions of problem gambling) among Asian immigrant elders from their own accounts.

Asian immigrant elders are a rapidly growing population which has almost doubled in the last 15 years. Even though gambling may have some positive effects in the lives of older adults by providing socializing opportunities and relieving boredom, it also increases the incidence of problem gambling and can significantly reduce the quality of life in the late adulthood of Asian immigrants.

Unattended and untreated gambling problems have serious social and health outcomes, such as suicide, financial hardship, domestic violence and drainage of the scarce resources in Asian American communities, thus significantly affecting the well-being of individuals, families and communities as a whole. The challenge for this population is to maximize the positive effects of gambling while preventing the negative consequences of gambling.

The study results will provide a detailed description of gambling issues among Asian immigrant elders who experience a “triple minority status” of being old, being an ethnic minority and a majority being immigrants. The information will be used to improve the quality of life of the population by contributing to (1) expanding our knowledge by providing a deeper understanding of gambling experiences and the definition of gambling and problem gambling, (2) designing a culturally sensitive and age appropriate community-based intervention program, and (3) the development of a research proposal that implements and tests the intervention program for Asian immigrant elders.

Principal Investigator: Wooksoo Kim
Funding Source: The New York Community Trust
Funding Period: June 26, 2013 - Oct. 31, 2015
Funding Amount: $19,993