Identity Transformation of Korean Immigrants.Report as inadecuate

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Immigration is one of the most significant changes which can occur in one's lifetime. Immigrants struggle with their foreign environment and renewed crises; they suffer from "uprootedness" and "missed embeddedness" and have difficulty integrating their identity roles. Erikson's psychosocial development theory and Marcia's expansion of it are discussed as they relate to the issue of ego identity in transplanted adults. Studies on the achievement of ethnic identity are reviewed. Adult Korean immigrants' psychosocial identity changes are examined (N=79). The relationship between length of residence in the United States and psychosocial development was studied. Differences in psychosocial identity development between a published normative group and the sample group were examined using Hawley's Measures of Psychosocial Development. The instrument was translated and administered in Korean; descriptive statistics are presented for the sample. A linear model analysis was used. Results are presented and recommendations for further study are discussed. Contains 29 references. (EMK)

Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Immigrants, Korean Americans, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Validity

Author: Kim, Saekyung; Gaa, John; Swank, Paul; Liberman, Dov


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