Exploring Communication Competence and Psychological Health: A Study of Cross-cultural Adaptation among Young Korean Immigrants (1.5ers) in the U.S.

Yang-Soo Kim (1)
(1) Middle Tennessee State University - USA, United States


The present study examines the communication experiences of young Korean immigrants and their psychological adjustment in the United States.

Y. Y. Kim’s (1988, 2001) Cross-cultural Adaptation Theory provides the basis for offering an explanation of the theoretical linkage between host communication competence, host/ethnic interpersonal communication, host/ethnic mass communication and psychological adjustment in the United States. A self-reported structured survey questionnaire was collected from 81 young Korean immigrants. The results show that key research variables are significantly related to the psychological adjustment of young Korean immigrants. The findingsof this study have theoretical implication that communication is at the heart of successful adaptation experiences among young immigrants. The practical implication is also discussed.

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Yang-Soo Kim
yskim@mtsu.edu (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Yang-Soo Kim, Middle Tennessee State University - USA

Yang Soo Kim is an Associate Professor at the Department of Speech and Theatre, Middle Tennessee State University. Correspondence concerning the paper should be addressed to: yskim@mtsu.edu

Kim, Y.-S. (2012). Exploring Communication Competence and Psychological Health: A Study of Cross-cultural Adaptation among Young Korean Immigrants (1.5ers) in the U.S. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 12(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v12i1.590

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