Jei Hyun Yoo

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Second Advisor

Dr. Edsel Erickson

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul L. Wienir

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to examine four of Gordon's seven types of assimilation (cultural, structural, marital and identificational) among Korean college students.

Data were gathered from a combination of 23 interviews (14 males and 9 females) at Western Michigan University and 104 mail questionnaires (63 males and 41 females) from the University of Michigan.

The degree of assimilation was positively related to the length of residence in the United States, SES of parents and age. No evidence was found to suggest that one sex was more highly assimilated into American society than the other. By utilizing path analysis, cultural assimilation appeared to have a relatively strong direct influence on marital assimilation and a slight direct influence on identificational assimilation. These were not anticipated by Gordon. By and large, the sequence involved in the assimilation process, suggested by Gordon, appeared to agree with the findings of this study.

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