The first paper by Lee explored older Korean immigrants' ability to recognize intimate partner violence (IPV) and their help-seeking intention on IPV. Data were collected from 124 older Korean immigrants. Lee presented vignette that depicted physical abuse in an older couple and examined factors that were associated with their perception of service needs. She found a notably low number of respondents perceived the vignette to depict elder mistreatment. She also found that their ability to perceive IPV increased their propensity to seek help when faced with mistreatment. The second paper by Veles Ortiz, Woodward and Huge examined the association between ties with family and friends and perceptions of mental health needs among older Latino adults. They found that those who had a strong tie with family or friend were less likely to report mental health problem or perceive a need for formal mental health services. The third paper by Casado examined older Korean immigrants' knowledge and attitude toward home and community based long term care services (HCBS). Using data from 146 older Korean immigrants recruited from local aging services agencies, Casado found that most Korean immigrants and their caregivers had very limited knowledge about HCBS. She found that a strong family support network and a high functional dependence increased the use of HCBS.
Together, these three papers demonstrate social work researchers' contribution to understand the services needs and services utilization of older immigrant population. The presenters will also discuss the future of services research in this emerging area.