The present study investigates the relations among acculturation, Asian values, coping style, and psychological distress among East Asian American college students. A sample of 414 undergraduate students who identified themselves as East Asian Americans (i.e., Korean Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Taiwanese Americans) was recruited to complete a 15-20 minute on-line survey from different universities in the U.S. and from Asian American Internet communities (e.g., online journal sites, clubs). Consistent with earlier studies, the present findings reveal that high scores on the mainstream dimension of acculturation were associated with better psychosocial adjustment (i.e., lower levels of depression and anxiety) for East Asian Americans. These results support the hypotheses of the current study, indicating that East Asian Americans who are highly acculturated to mainstream society experience less psychological distress. On the other hand, higher levels of Asian values were found to be associated with higher levels of anxiety. A significant interaction was found between indirect coping and Asian values in predicting anxiety. This result indicates that the endorsement of Asian values exacerbated anxiety among participants who used more indirect coping strategies.
|Advisor:||Jordan-Green, Lisa, Deluty, Robert H.|
|Commitee:||Cheah, Charissa, Choi, Keum-Hyeong, Maton, Ken|
|School:||University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||DAI-B 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Multicultural Education, Educational psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Acculturation, Asian values, College students, Coping, Coping styles, Distress, East Asian-American, Psychological distress, Values|
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