Due to stressors related to acculturation, Korean immigrants in the United States have shown susceptibility to poor health outcomes. However, these outcomes seem to be influenced by a number of factors, such as the level of acculturation and whether one utilizes a social support network. The current study seeks to investigate the interplay of acculturation and support-seeking coping in regard to the well-being of adult Korean immigrants. It made use of a data archive of 404 adult Korean immigrants who were recruited from the Los Angeles area and who completed a survey, which included the Asian American Multidimensional Acculturation Scale (AAMAS), Stress Overload Scale (SOS), Coping Strategies Indicator (CSI), and a Physical Health Checklist (PHC) created for the study. The level of acculturation to the United States was assessed by the AAMAS European American subscale (AAMAS-EA); level of acculturation to Korea was assessed by the AAMAS Culture of Origin subscale (AAMAS-CO); support-seeking coping was assessed by the Seeking Social Support (SS) subscale of the CSI; and SOS and PHC totals were used as outcome indices of well-being. It was first hypothesized (H1) that acculturation to the United States (AAMAS-EA scores) would be positively associated with indices of well-being (SOS and PHC scores), and this relationship would be moderated by support-seeking coping (SS scores). Additionally, it was hypothesized (H2) that acculturation to Korea (AAMAS-CO scores) would be negatively associated with support-seeking coping (SS scores). Hierarchal regression controlling for covariates was used to test H1, and H2 was tested by simple linear regression. No significant results were found from these regression analyses. The non-findings suggest that factors other than acculturation and support-seeking coping explain the poor health of Korean immigrants. The implications, as well as dataset limitations, are discussed.
|Commitee:||Chun, Chi-Ah, Cho, Young-Hee|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/8(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Asian American Studies|
|Keywords:||Acculturation, Korean immigrants, Physical health, Social support, Stress overload, Well-being|
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