ERIC Number: ED222603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-26
Reference Count: 0
Empirical Dimensions of Adjustment among the Indochinese Refugees.
Nicassio, Perry M.
A survey among Indochinese refugee household heads in Illinois investigated (1) relationships among indicators of socioeconomic, psychosocial, and sociocultural dimensions of adjustment; and (2) the effect of length of residence in the United States on these indicators. The indicators included measures of feelings of alienation and self concept in the new environment; differences among the subjects' perceptions of themselves, of other Indochinese, and of other Americans; English language proficiency; extent of American media use; number of American friends; membership in American organizations; socioeconomic and employment status; receipt of welfare payments; and car and home ownership. In general, (1) the most alienated refugees had negative self concepts and saw themselves and other Indochinese as different from other Americans; (2) English proficiency was positively correlated with media use and number of American friends; (3) lower socioeconomic status was predictive of greater alienation; greater differences among perceptions of self, other Indochinese, and other Americans; negative self concept; fewer American friends; poorer English proficiency; and less media use; (4) English proficiency was positively correlated with self concept and negatively correlated with alienation; and (5) length of residence in the United States significantly affected all the variables examined. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, August 26, 1982).