Effects of Acculturation, Leisure Benefits, and Leisure Constraints on Acculturative Stress and Self-esteem Among Korean Immigrants Academic Article uri icon


  • In this study, we sought to assess the role that leisure benefits and constraints play in facilitating acculturation, allaying acculturative stress, and enhancing self-esteem among Korean-Americans. Data were collected from a sample of Koreans living primarily in large cities in the United States. Results provided partial support for the proposed theoretical model. As predicted, acculturation was negatively related to acculturative stress and positively related to self-esteem, and acculturative stress was negatively related to self-esteem. The leisure benefits construct was significantly and positively related to only self-esteem. Contrary to what we predicted, however, the leisure benefits construct was not significantly related to acculturation and was positively, rather than negatively, related to acculturative stress (although only at the 0.1 level of significance). Finally, the leisure constraints construct was significantly related to acculturative stress but not to the level of acculturation or self-esteem. 2005 Presses de lUniversit du Qubec.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, C., Scott, D., & Oh, C.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Chulwon||Scott, David||Oh, Chi-Ok

publication date

  • January 2005