Potential Traumatic Events through the Life Cycle in an Immigrant Population
Princeton High School, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ 07102, USA
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Academic Editor: Ralf Lobmann
Geriatrics 2021, 6(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics6020039
Received: 1 February 2021 / Revised: 30 March 2021 / Accepted: 30 March 2021 / Published: 8 April 2021
Existing studies on traumatic events focused on children, while it has been understudied in older adults. This study aims to examine prevalence, frequency, and severity of life events in older Chinese Americans. The data were drawn from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly (PINE) in 2017–2019. Twenty life events were evaluated, including natural disasters, personal traumatic events, and historical events. Among 3125 participants, the mean age was 75.33 (standard deviation (SD) = 8.22) with 61.06% female. Cultural Revolution (73.27%) has the highest prevalence. A total of 1819 (58.39%) participants reported typhoon and experienced multiple times. Falsely accused of crime was reported as the most severe event. Women were more likely to report family-related life events. Those with higher education were more likely to report personal traumatic events. This study is among the first to profile life events in older Chinese Americans. Age cohorts, gender roles, and socioeconomic status shape individuals’ exposure to life events. This study could help identify which vulnerable groups have high risks of exposure to traumatic events.