A Grounded Theory Study of Grieving Among Asian Immigrant Women in the U.S. During the Covid Pandemic

Jae Hun Shin, Fordham University


The purpose of this study was to explore the grieving experiences of Asian immigrant women in the U.S. who lost their family member(s) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants eligible for the study were Asian women currently living in the U.S. who had an ethnic origin in an Asian country, first-generation immigrants with legal immigration status, speak English as a second language, and have experienced the death of a family member during the pandemic. Twelve Asian immigrant women whose ages ranged from 20 to 48 completed a demographic questionnaire and participated in an in-depth, semi-structured interview. Based on grounded theory methodology, the interviews were audio and video-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed to develop a theoretical framework for these bereaved Asian immigrant women’s grieving experiences in the context of COVID-19. Data analysis yielded 11 selective categories, 22 axial categories, and 47 open categories. The 11 selective categories were (1) relationship, (2) various reactions to the loss, (3) culture-specific behaviors, (4) individual coping, (5) coping with social support, (6) intrapersonal level, (7) interpersonal level, (8) community level, (9) societal level, (10) culturally tuned resources, and (11) culturally sensitive support. Discussion of findings and clinical implications for bereaved Asian immigrant women in the COVID era were provided. Also, the limitations of the present study and recommendations for future research were discussed.

Subject Area

Psychology|Health sciences|Mental health|Womens studies

Recommended Citation

Shin, Jae Hun, "A Grounded Theory Study of Grieving Among Asian Immigrant Women in the U.S. During the Covid Pandemic" (2024). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30815753.