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Host Communication Competence and Psychological Health: A Study of Cross-cultural Adaptation of Korean Expatriate Employees in the United States*
Unformatted Document Text:  Cross-cultural Adaptation 20 knowledge of host culture (cognitive dimension of host communication competence) and psychological health, was supported by the correlation coefficient (r = .48, p < .01; r = .53, p < .01). Hypothesis 2, predicting a positive association between affective dimension of host communication competence and psychological health, was also supported by the correlation coefficient, r = .34, p < .01). Hypothesis 3, predicting a positive association between operational dimension and psychological health, was supported by the correlation coefficient, r = .52, p < .01). Hypothesis 4, predicting a positive association between host interpersonal communication and psychological health, was not supported. However, all three levels of host interpersonal ties (casual American acquaintance, casual American friends, close American friends) were positively related to psychological health even though they were not statistically significant (r = .16, p =.061; r = .16, p = .059; r = .15, p = .063). Hypothesis 5, predicting a positive association between host mass media and psychological health, was partially supported. Among American mass media, American newspapers and magazines, American radio, and American movies were found to be positively related to psychological health (r = .18, p < .05; r = .26, p < .01; r = .17, p < .05), while American video, American TV, and English-language website were not significantly associated with psychological health (r = .1, p > .05; r = .03, p > .05; r = -.07, p > .05). In the psychological health scale, the alienation scale was negatively correlated to the satisfaction scale (r = -.59, p < .01). In addition, it was found to be negatively related to other predictor variables such as host language competence (r = - .42, p < .01), knowledge of host culture (r = -.38, p < .01), adaptation motivation (r = -.27, p < .01), operational competence (r = -.54, p < .01), casual American acquaintance (r = -.28, p < .01), American newspapers and magazines (r = -.28, p < .01), American radio (r = -.22, p < .05), and American movies (r = -.21, p < .05), In addition, the length of stay and psychological health were found to be positively related, by correlation coefficient, r = .27 (p < .05). The length of stay was also positively related to each dimension of host communication competence respectively such as host language competence, knowledge of culture and operation competence (r = .22, p < .05; r = .35, p < .01; r = .32, p < .001) except for adaptation

Authors: Kim, II, Yang-Soo.
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Cross-cultural Adaptation 20
knowledge of host culture (cognitive dimension of host communication competence) and psychological
health, was supported by the correlation coefficient (r = .48, p < .01; r = .53, p < .01). Hypothesis 2,
predicting a positive association between affective dimension of host communication competence and
psychological health, was also supported by the correlation coefficient, r = .34, p < .01). Hypothesis 3,
predicting a positive association between operational dimension and psychological health, was supported
by the correlation coefficient, r = .52, p < .01). Hypothesis 4, predicting a positive association between
host interpersonal communication and psychological health, was not supported. However, all three levels
of host interpersonal ties (casual American acquaintance, casual American friends, close American
friends) were positively related to psychological health even though they were not statistically significant
(r = .16, p =.061; r = .16, p = .059; r = .15, p = .063). Hypothesis 5, predicting a positive association
between host mass media and psychological health, was partially supported. Among American mass
media, American newspapers and magazines, American radio, and American movies were found to be
positively related to psychological health (r = .18, p < .05; r = .26, p < .01; r = .17, p < .05), while
American video, American TV, and English-language website were not significantly associated with
psychological health (r = .1, p > .05; r = .03, p > .05; r = -.07, p > .05). In the psychological health scale,
the alienation scale was negatively correlated to the satisfaction scale (r = -.59, p < .01). In addition, it
was found to be negatively related to other predictor variables such as host language competence (r = -
.42, p < .01), knowledge of host culture (r = -.38, p < .01), adaptation motivation (r = -.27, p < .01),
operational competence (r = -.54, p < .01), casual American acquaintance (r = -.28, p < .01), American
newspapers and magazines (r = -.28, p < .01), American radio (r = -.22, p < .05), and American movies (r
= -.21, p < .05),
In addition, the length of stay and psychological health were found to be positively related, by
correlation coefficient, r = .27 (p < .05). The length of stay was also positively related to each dimension
of host communication competence respectively such as host language competence, knowledge of culture
and operation competence (r = .22, p < .05; r = .35, p < .01; r = .32, p < .001) except for adaptation


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