Older and Aging Cape Verdean Women: Sense of Self, Health, and Customs

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2006

Project Description/Abstract

For older women of color with immigrant status migration to the United States means facing different and sometimes difficult circumstances, language differences, resettlement, learning new and different ways of relating, and other transnational issues. Their life circumstances are further compound by the aging process, which is influenced by when and where they were born, life experiences, losses and gains, and cultural traditions. Currently, there is a paucity of scholarly literature on Cape Verdean women in general and older Cape Verdean women in particular. Using grounded theory methodology which supports the utilization of the voices and language of the research participants, this study will begin to create a theoretical base for understanding the processes used to respond to general life stressors and stressors unique to this population. Further, this study explores:

1] How do older and aging Cape Verdean women experience the aging process?

2] What are their sources of empowerment and resilience?

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