The exploration of acculturation and health among immigrants from non-Eastern cultures

Junhyoung Kim, Jinmoo Heo, Se Hyuk Park

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Literature on acculturation has been mainly focused on how acculturation influences the perception of health and well-being among immigrants from non-Western cultures. Conversely, we sought to explore immigration experiences associated with health and well-being among immigrants from non-Eastern cultures during their acculturation process. With a sample of 9 participants, we identified two major themes as outcomes of acculturation: psychological wellbeing and social benefits. We found that during acculturation, Western immigrants improved their sense of happiness, experienced reduced stress, and discovered meaning through activities, and that overall, acculturation facilitated personal growth. In addition, they developed a sense of cross-group friendships with Korean people and facilitated group cohesion within their own ethnic group. Further implications and future research avenues are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1138-1149
Number of pages12
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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