|Antecedents of Rowe and Kahn’s successful aging model for Asian Americans.
|Year of Publication
|Leong, FTL, Chopik, WJ, Somaraju, AV, Kuang, S
|Asian American Journal of Psychology
|Asian Americans, Successful aging
The present study evaluated the antecedents of the successful aging model for Asian Americans. Current knowledge on Asian American aging is minimal, and research suggests many reasons to expect aging for Asian Americans to be different from what is often proposed in Eurocentric models of aging. However, due to a lack of large-scale panel data, few of these processes linking individual and social characteristics to successful aging have been empirically tested. An illustrative analysis of the successful aging model is presented using the few Asian Americans recruited in the Health and Retirement Study (N = 29,095; N = 466 Asian Americans; Mage = 60.87, SD = 11.53; 55.4% female). The present study tested the associations between predictors and outcomes of successful aging across two cultural subgroups (i.e., White and Asian American older adults). Asian Americans do not derive emotional and health benefits in the same fashion and from the same sources as White Americans. The results challenge the idea that Asian Americans age in the same fashion as White Americans. Future directions for research on Asian American aging and a call for more focused attention to the cultural context that shapes successful aging are provided.