Daily hassles, coping, and acculturation as predictors of psychological well-being among Korean-American adolescents

Michelle Terzini-Hollar, Fordham University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how perceived stress, coping, and acculturation were related to psychological well-being. This study hypothesized that low levels of perceived stress in the form of nonspecific daily hassles and acculturation-specific daily hassles, active or internal coping strategies, and acculturation either western identified or bicultural identified would predict the psychological well-being of Korean-American adolescents. The subjects of this study consisted of 200 Korean-American adolescents (101 males, 99 females) ranging in age from 12 to 19 years of age. Participants were recruited on a voluntary basis from various Korean churches, private schools, and local public middle and secondary schools in Bergen County, New Jersey. Adolescent participants were administered a data survey sheet, The Problem Questionnaire, The Coping Across Situations Questionnaire, The Bicultural Stress Scale, The Vancouver Index of Acculturation, and The Students' Life Satisfaction Scale. Data analysis included Pearson's Correlations and a hierarchical multiple regression. It was hypothesized that coping would be negatively related to the perceived stress of nonspecific daily hassles and acculturation-specific daily hassles. A significant negative relationship was found between nonspecific daily hassles and social support and between acculturation-specific daily hassles and social support. Conversely, three significant positive correlations were found between avoidance, mixed strategies, and withdrawal and perceived nonspecific daily hassles. Likewise, significant positive relationships were found between avoidance and acculturation-specific daily hassles and between mixed strategies and acculturation-specific daily hassles. Data were analyzed to ascertain the contribution of daily hassles, coping dimensions, and acculturation to the psychological well-being of Korean-American adolescents. Regression results indicated that the overall model significantly predicted psychological well-being and accounted for 23% of the variance. Detailed interpretation of results and implications for future research are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Psychology, Developmental|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Recommended Citation

Michelle Terzini-Hollar, "Daily hassles, coping, and acculturation as predictors of psychological well-being among Korean-American adolescents" (January 1, 2008). ETD Collection for Fordham University. Paper AAI3303100.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3303100

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