Masters Thesis

Acculturation experiences among Hmong males

The purpose of this exploratory study is to explore the acculturation experiences of Hmong men in the United States. There are several studies that look at the impacts of acculturation on immigrants’ psychological well-being (Kim & Abreu, 2001; Berry, 2003; Sue & Sue, 2003; Lopez & Contreas, 2005). However, the literature specific to Hmong males remains limited. This guiding questions for this qualitative study were: 1) How does acculturation impact the way Hmong men identify their ethnic identity?1a) How do Hmong men negotiate their identity and practices in their native Hmong culture and the American culture? 2) How does acculturation impact Hmong males’ psychological well-being? Seven Hmong males were individually interviewed to hep gain insight into the research questions. The interviews were semi-structured. Neuman’s five step strategy was used to analysis the results of the interviews (Neuman, 2003). The results of this study show that integration and assimilation were two main acculturation strategies adopted by participants. Participants similar experienced intergenerational conflict and generally viewed the Hmong culture to be a supportive life factor. In addition, participants who were more integrated were noted to have experience greater acculturative stress in comparison to the participants who appeared to be assimilating more to the American culture. The researcher provides suggestions for social work practice and future research relating to this issue.

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