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dc.contributor.authorGault, Glynis Anna Adamsen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:20:12Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:20:12Z
dc.date.issued2005-11-29en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-12122005-164749en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30061
dc.description.abstractThe culture in which people work and dwell is instrumental in shaping their sense of self. The decision to migrate from the country of one's heritage culture may result in the modification of self-identity in order to accommodate new experiences within the host culture. For working professionals, such modifications may be manifested in a number of different domains, including attitudes, behaviors, values, and sense of culture. When considering America's diverse workforce and the pressures placed upon people to be competitive, educated, and reasonably assimilated, the process of acculturation must also be addressed. This process is best understood when heritage and mainstream cultures are viewed independently. Formally educated foreign-born African women were the focus of this research. The purpose was to increase understanding of the employment status of African women with respect to identity style and acculturation strategies. Two hundred thirty-eight (238) women in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Area were surveyed with respect to acculturation, identity style and employment status. The Vancouver Index of Acculturation was used to measure the heritage and mainstream dimensions of acculturation. The Identity Style Inventory was used to measure aspects of individual identity. Differences were found for the acculturation dimension of mainstream acculturation, which was observed to be higher for employed subjects for three of the four analyses used for employment status. No statistically significant differences were found for any of the identity style measures due to employment status, with one exception. The underemployed group of women may have been characterized by an identity orientation based on family and friends. If these women appear to experience problems associated with acculturation and identity, they may require more time to learn about the U.S. culture. These women represent a heterogeneous group with an amazing diversity in terms of language, culture, religion, and national backgrounds. This research suggests that their goal of securing or maintaining a professional career in the United States while residing in a major metropolitan area does not require assimilating into the U.S. culture at the expense of their own culture. Although, given that the majority of these women plan to remain in the United States as permanent residents, learning as much as possible about their host culture could perhaps benefit them with respect to employment.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartGlynis_Gault_IRB_Form_s03-492[1].pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartGlynis_Anna_Adams_Gault_Dissertation010506.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectassimilationen_US
dc.subjectemployment statusen_US
dc.subjectacculturationen_US
dc.subjectforeign-bornen_US
dc.titleIdentity Style, Acculturation Strategies and Employment Status Of Formally Educated Foreign-Born African Women In The United Statesen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairWiswell, Albert K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCroxton, Richard W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberArnold, Jesse C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBoucouvalas, Marcieen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-12122005-164749/en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-12-12en_US
dc.date.rdate2006-01-06
dc.date.adate2006-01-06en_US


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