Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Ben C Kuo

Keywords

acculturative stress

Rights

CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

In the present study, secondary data collected from two community samples of Korean immigrants living in Toronto, Canada was employed to test the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Acculturative Stress Index (ASI). In Study 1 (n = 860), an exploratory factor analysis of the ASI produced a seven-factor model composed of Social Isolation, Language Difficulties, Civic Disengagement, Employment Barriers, Family Problems, Social Exclusion, and Homesickness. In Study 2 (n = 274), a confirmatory factor analysis supported the factor model identified in Study 1. Results provided evidence to support the construct validity and internal consistency reliability of the ASI. The findings demonstrate that the ASI is a psychometrically sound measure for identifying diverse sources of acculturative stress experienced by first-generation Korean immigrants. In future research, the reliability and validity of the ASI among immigrants from other ethnic groups and cultural contexts may be examined.

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