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.
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Martin, Leslie R.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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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
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Hotvedt, Judith A., "Acculturation as a Mediating Factor between Ethnic and Self-Identities" (2013). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. Paper 126.
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