Dr. Suk-Young Kang, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at UT-Arlington, is one of 10 tenure-track faculty members in Texas to receive research grants from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The one-year grants are capped at $15,000.
Kang will study the economic downturn's effect on depression among elderly Korean immigrants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Korean immigrants 65 and older in the United States have a poverty rate of 19 percent and are more likely to be affected by the financial crisis, Kang noted in his proposal. Plus, limited resources and cultural barriers may prevent them from seeking treatment.
"The lack of reliable data creates a policy and programming vacuum regarding mental health issues faced by Korean immigrant elders," Kang said in a news release.