Abstract

Is acculturation a mediating factor in self- and ethnic identity among ethnic minority emerging-adults? A conceptual model was tested examining links between self and ethnic identity and acculturation. An association was proposed between perceived social support, affirmation and belonging, and EOM self-identity statuses (diffusion, foreclosure, moratorium, achievement) as mediated by VIA mainstream and heritage acculturation. A second association was proposed between out-group orientation, interpersonal variables, and ethnic identity as mediated by VIA mainstream and heritage acculturation. This study did not provide full support for acculturation as a mediating variable; rather, the ‘interpersonal variable’ was an intervening variable in the association between heritage acculturation and ethnic identity search and affirmation and belongingness. The results confirm that VIA mainstream acculturation is not mediating an effect on ethnic identity; rather, it has a direct effect. The results also confirm that the interpersonal variable is not mediating an effect on ethnic identity. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

LLU Discipline

Clinical Psychology

Department

Psychology

School

School of Science and Technology

First Advisor

Jenkins, Louis

Second Advisor

Chavez, David

Third Advisor

Martin, Leslie R.

Fourth Advisor

McMahon, Paul

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Level

Ph.D.

Year Degree Awarded

2013

Date (Title Page)

9-1-2013

Language

English

Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Ethnic Groups - Psychology; Acculturation; Cross-Cultural Studies; Self;

Subject - Local

Acculturation, Self-identity, Ethnic identity, Perceived Social Support, Affirmation, Belonging, EOM self-identy statuses, VIA mainstream and heritage acculturation, Vancouver Index of Acculturation, Ego Identity Measure, Multi-Group Ethnic Identity Measure

Type

Dissertation

Page Count

255 p.

Digital Format

Application/PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

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