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Adolescents' Information Behavior When Isolated From Peer Groups

Title: Adolescents' Information Behavior When Isolated From Peer Groups: Lessons From New Immigrant Adolescents' Everyday Life Information Seeking.
Name(s): Koo, Joung Hwa, author
Gross, Melissa, professor directing dissertation
Turner, Jeannine, university representative
Lustria, Mia Liza A., committee member
Marty, Paul, committee member
School of Library and Information Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate how isolated immigrant adolescents seek and use necessary information when they are not able to use significant information sources--their peer groups--in the period of transition before new peer groups are established. Method: To achieve the study's purpose, sixteen recently arrived (three years or less) Korean immigrant adolescents (12 and 18 years old) were recruited through snowballing and convenience samplings. For data collection, a mixed method including survey and in-depth interview was employed through three research phases. First, participants' demographic profiles and their information use environments [IUEs] were described through survey and interview (Phase I: Survey/In-depth Interview). Second, participants' isolated status was measured with three measurement scales and the motivation and contextual backgrounds of the survey results were analyzed via interview (Phase II: Surveys/In-depth Interview). Third, isolated Korean immigrant adolescents' migration journey and their information needs and seeking behaviors were described in interviews (Phase III: In-depth Interview). Finding: In analyzing the study participants' everyday life information seeking and their contextual features, such as their isolated condition and motivation for migration, a preliminary understanding of isolated adolescents' information world was gained: 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. In particular, three main information needs were found: ELIS Need 1--English language skills to facilitate learning activities in school in the United States; ELIS Need 2--Social skills to facilitate making friends and to become accustomed to American culture and normative behaviors; ELIS Need 3--Study skills to facilitate academic success in highly competitive educational environments in Korea. To fulfill their cognitive needs--ELIS Need 1 and ELIS 3--the participants usually sought parents, teachers, Internet sources, and DIY. For their socio-affective needs--ELIS Need 2, they used guidance or counseling from their parents or selected passive coping strategies, such as the ignorance of their reality or information-avoiding. Their main information needs were usually satisfied through the information sources provided by their family members--parents. Conclusion: Five main emergent themes were analyzed from the findings (six categories of findings) and pertinent theories/models to interpret these unique features were suggested and discussed: Parents attachment in information seeking and uses (Theme 1); Dependence on interpersonal information sources (Theme 2); Information Ground (Theme 3); Two-step flow (Theme 4); Passive information-seeking, information-avoiding and ignorance (Theme 5). Also, this study suggested some empirical alternatives and implications to improve isolated immigrants' information world: (1) Peer-mentoring program; (2) Immigrant parents' school involvement/parents' education; (3) Teachers' education of cultural competence skills; (4) Library PR; (5) Library outreach to whole immigrant family members as a unit. Finally, the contributions of the study in several key areas, the limitation of this study and future studies--to supplement the limitation of this study and to interpret the emergent unique social and information phenomena--were suggested and discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-7452 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the College of Communication and Information in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: June 7, 2013.
Keywords: Adolescent, Everyday Life Information Seeking, Information Behavior, Information-Seeking, Isolation, New Immigrant
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Melissa Gross, Professor Directing Dissertation; Jeannine Turner, University Representative; Mia Liza A. Lustria, Committee Member; Paul Marty, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Library science
Information science
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Host Institution: FSU

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Koo, J. H. (2013). Adolescents' Information Behavior When Isolated From Peer Groups: Lessons From New Immigrant Adolescents' Everyday Life Information Seeking. Retrieved from