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Article: Acculturation and cross-cultural adaptation: The moderating role of social support

TitleAcculturation and cross-cultural adaptation: The moderating role of social support
Authors
Issue Date2017
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ijintrel
Citation
International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 2017, v. 59, p. 19-30 How to Cite?
AbstractPrevious studies have consistently demonstrated the beneficial impacts of the acculturation strategy of integration and the detrimental impacts of the acculturation strategy of marginalization on adaptation outcomes. This study attempts to extend the existing literature by examining the potential moderating role of social support in the relationships between acculturation strategies and cross-cultural adaptation. Specifically, it was hypothesized that social support from family, local friends, and non-local friends would enhance the positive effects of the integration strategy and buffer the negative effects of the marginalization strategy on sociocultural and psychological adaptation. Participants were 188 Mainland Chinese sojourning university students in Hong Kong. Consistent with our predictions, social support from local friends was found to significantly moderate the effects of the integration and marginalization strategies on sociocultural and psychological adaptation. Unexpectedly, it was shown that social support from non-local friends significantly weakened the positive effect of the integration strategy on psychological adaptation. In addition, further analyses on the potentially domain-specific effects of acculturation strategies and social support on psychological adaptation showed that social support from local friends and non-local friends and acculturation strategies of integration and marginalization interacted to influence only one specific domain of psychological adaptation (mutual trust and acceptance). Implications of this study and possible explanations for the discordant findings are discussed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/246107
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2019 Impact Factor: 1.981
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.581
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dc.contributor.authorNg, TK-
dc.contributor.authorWang, KWC-
dc.contributor.authorChan, W-
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-18T02:22:33Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-18T02:22:33Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations, 2017, v. 59, p. 19-30-
dc.identifier.issn0147-1767-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/246107-
dc.description.abstractPrevious studies have consistently demonstrated the beneficial impacts of the acculturation strategy of integration and the detrimental impacts of the acculturation strategy of marginalization on adaptation outcomes. This study attempts to extend the existing literature by examining the potential moderating role of social support in the relationships between acculturation strategies and cross-cultural adaptation. Specifically, it was hypothesized that social support from family, local friends, and non-local friends would enhance the positive effects of the integration strategy and buffer the negative effects of the marginalization strategy on sociocultural and psychological adaptation. Participants were 188 Mainland Chinese sojourning university students in Hong Kong. Consistent with our predictions, social support from local friends was found to significantly moderate the effects of the integration and marginalization strategies on sociocultural and psychological adaptation. Unexpectedly, it was shown that social support from non-local friends significantly weakened the positive effect of the integration strategy on psychological adaptation. In addition, further analyses on the potentially domain-specific effects of acculturation strategies and social support on psychological adaptation showed that social support from local friends and non-local friends and acculturation strategies of integration and marginalization interacted to influence only one specific domain of psychological adaptation (mutual trust and acceptance). Implications of this study and possible explanations for the discordant findings are discussed.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ijintrel-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.titleAcculturation and cross-cultural adaptation: The moderating role of social support-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailNg, TK: tingkin@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ijintrel.2017.04.012-
dc.identifier.hkuros276360-
dc.identifier.volume59-
dc.identifier.spage19-
dc.identifier.epage30-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000405061900003-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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