Volume 16, Issue 1&2, 1993

The Influence of Social Networks on the Acculturation Behavior of Foreign Students, 23-36
Hsu, Tsung-chi Kenny, Grant, August E., Huang, Wei-wei
Cross-cultural communication scholars have looked at effects of interpersonal communication and both ethnic and host mass media uses on the acculturation behavior of immigrants for a long time. The present study employs an important network analysis concept, the social influence of alters on ego, in the field of cross-cultural communication. Using measures of alters' acculturation, English- and ethnic-language media uses, and years of residence in the U.S., a model is proposed and tested upon a sample of international students from a college campus. The results indicate that the alters' acculturation plays a central role in the pattern of relationships.

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