Acculturation and Health: Examining Healthy Immigrant Effect in Korea
Contrary to acculturation theories, recent scholars have found the immigrants who have stayed in host countries for a longer period of time to be less healthy than the recent immigrants. Often referred to as healthy immigrant effect, this paper examines whether the healthy immigrant effect is observed among immigrant population in Korea, namely marriage migrants and attempts to explain the mechanism using a psychosocial model. As hypothesized, the findings show that the immigrants who have resided in Korea for a longer period of time report their health to be poorer than the recent immigrants, and that these immigrants tend to report of being more severely discriminated and hence, such experiences have detrimental effect on their self-reported health in general
Keywords: Healthy immigrant effect, psychosocial model, experiences of discrimination, self-reported health.