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Somewhere in between: The role of length of residence and age of arrival in predicting acculturation to the host society
by Airth, Dan, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 61; 1504422
Abstract (Summary)

The present study builds on past research on the role of length of residence and age of arrival in the host society in the acculturation process. Using a community sample of Korean adult immigrants, the possible moderating role of age of arrival in the relationship between length of residence, and acculturation was examined that has been suggested in the literature. Four hundred Korean immigrants living in the greater Los Angeles area participated in an immigrant stress and health survey that consisted of multiple questionnaires translated into Korean. The results yielded three major findings: (1) older arrivals appear to acculturate in a linear manner with length of residence; (2) young arrival's rate of behavioral acculturation may be subject to a plateau effect after a few years in the United States.; and (3) psychological acculturation (i.e., cultural identity) appears to take much longer than behavioral acculturation regardless of the immigrant's age of arrival.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chun, Chi-Ah
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology
Publication Number: 1504422
ISBN: 978-1-124-99354-6
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