ERIC Number: ED208076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
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Acculturative Stress among Asian, American and Polynesian Students on the Brigham Young University--Hawaii Campus.
Graham, Morris A.
A study was conducted to measure the relative degrees of acculturative stress among groups of students at the Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus. Specific ethnic groups included in the study were American-Caucasian, Chinese, Japanese, New Zealand-Maori, Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Hawaiian, and Filipino. Data were collected from students at the school over a five year period. These students were administered psychological tests designed to measure adjustment, depression, self image, and group image. The research determined that acculturative stress was greater among cultural groups (students) where the gap between traditional and imposed (host) culture was significant. In addition, in a multicultural setting, acculturative stress also occurred between accommodating non-host cultures that differed greatly in cultural styles. Finally, it was shown that English language usage imposed the greatest discrimination barrier to all non-American cultures. Depression scores were inversely correlated to English language acquisition. This study yielded several approaches for minimizing acculturative stress on a multicultural campus. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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