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Everyday Information Practices of ‘Isolated’ Adolescents: A Case Study of New Korean Immigrant Adolescents in the U.S.

Joung Hwa Koo 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of the study is to explore how isolated immigrant adolescents seek and use necessary information when they are unable to use significant information sources their peer groups in the period of transition before new peer — — groups are established. Sixteen recently arrived Korean immigrant adolescents were recruited and a mixed method including surveys and in-depth interviews was used through three research phases. This study gained a preliminary understanding of isolated immigrant adolescents’ information world: how they interpret their current situations and daily hassles, seek (or do not seek), and utilize information to cope with their daily life problems, and evaluate their use of information, including library systems and interpersonal sources. Five main emergent themes were analyzed from the findings and pertinent theories/models to interpret these unique features were suggested and discussed. The contribution and limitation of the study and future study are suggested and discussed.

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