Mo-Kyung Sin

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among Asian Americans, the majority of whom are foreign-born. However, CVD and risk factor data is sparse for specific Asian immigrant populations. To assess knowledge and understanding of CVD and risk factors within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese immigrant populations, we conducted eight focus(More)
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (CVD) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States, and does not discriminate by ethnicity.1 In fact, the health of many US ethnic minorities, especially immigrants, is known to be poorer than their Caucasian counterparts living at similar socioeconomic levels and geographic regions.2–5 Issues related(More)
Acknowledging that changes in sociocultural environment influence health status, the purpose of this study was to compare perceived health, life satisfaction, and cardiovascular health in elderly Korean immigrants and elderly Koreans. In this cross-sectional study, a convenience sample of 88 elderly Korean immigrants and 295 elderly Koreans 65 and older(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate feasibility and effectiveness of a modified exercise program for elderly Korean immigrants (EKIs). DESIGN AND SAMPLE Intervention study with EKI residents of a senior house (n = 13, age range 67-86 years, mean age 77 years), recruited through posted fliers and with help from a Korean social worker. INTERVENTION A Korean-American(More)
Despite nationwide efforts to manage asthma, the adverse outcomes of asthma continue to increase, especially in African American adolescents. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among asthma knowledge, self-management, and social support in African American adolescents with asthma. A correlational descriptive study was conducted using(More)
Gastric cancer incidence rates vary dramatically by world region with East Asia having the highest rate. The Asian population of the United States (US) is growing rapidly and over 17 million Americans are of Asian descent. A majority of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese Americans are immigrants. Americans of East and Southeast Asian descent experience marked(More)
Despite its high prevalence, depression is often unrecognized and untreated in minority immigrants. Culture and environment influence perceptions of depression. The purpose of this study was to understand perceptions of depression (knowledge and coping mechanisms) in Korean American immigrants using focus group discussions. A convenience sample (n = 28) was(More)
The purpose of this study was to identify factors influencing exercise participation and quality of life among elderly Korean Americans. This study used a focus group design. Elderly Korean Americans age 60 and older residing in Seattle, Washington were recruited from a senior house, which serves low-income elderly. Thirteen older adults participated in a(More)
Depression among minority older adults is a prevalent underrecognized medical illness. Changes in cultural norms and social conditions because of immigration have a significant influence on mental health. The purpose of this study was to assess the interrelationships between acculturation, geographical location, gender, and depressive symptoms in(More)
Lung cancer is a commonly occurring cancer among Korean American men. Korean Americans have lower rates of cancer screening participation than other Asian American sub-groups. However, little is known about factors that influence the cancer screening behavior of Korean immigrants. The purpose of this study was to explore facilitators of and barriers to lung(More)