Acculturation and Health of Korean American Adults

Chanam Shin, Helen W. Lach

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Abstract

Increasing cultural diversity in the United States and significant health disparities among immigrant populations make acculturation an important concept to measure in health research. The purpose of this cross-sectional, descriptive study was to examine acculturation and health of Korean American adults. A convenience sample of 517 Korean American adults in a Midwestern city completed a survey in either English or Korean. All four groups of Berry’s acculturation model were identified using cluster analysis with Lee’s Acculturation Scale. Assimilation, integration, and separation were found in the English survey sample, whereas integration, separation, and marginalization were found in the Korean survey sample. Moreover, the findings revealed that acculturation is a bidimensional process, and the unique nature of samples may determine acculturation groups. Physical health and mental health were significantly related to acculturation in the English survey sample. However, there was not a significant relationship between health and acculturation in the Korean survey sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-280
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

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Keywords

  • acculturation
  • cluster analysis
  • health
  • Korean American

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Acculturation and Health of Korean American Adults. / Shin, Chanam; Lach, Helen W.

In: Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.07.2014, p. 273-280.

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Shin, Chanam ; Lach, Helen W. / Acculturation and Health of Korean American Adults. In: Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 2014 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 273-280.
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