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ERIC Number: EJ1153022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8926
Exploring Moderators to Understand the Association Between Vertical Collectivism and Psychological Well-Being Among Asian Canadian Students
Na, Sumin; Spanierman, Lisa B.; Lalonde, Christopher E.
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, v10 n3 p288-300 Sep 2017
First, the authors investigated the direct associations of vertical collectivism, ethnic identity exploration, and ethnic identity commitment with psychological well-being among first-generation Asian Canadian university students in Canada (n = 78). Second, to gain a more nuanced understanding of the association between vertical collectivism and well-being, the authors also examined potential moderating effects of ethnic identity and cultural conflict. Results indicated that ethnic identity exploration and vertical collectivism were inversely associated with psychological well-being, whereas ethnic identity commitment was positively associated with psychological well-being. Moreover, ethnic identity exploration significantly moderated the association between vertical collectivism and well-being, whereas ethnic identity commitment did not. Specifically, the authors found a buffering effect of ethnic identity exploration such that among individuals who reported high ethnic identity exploration, vertical collectivism was not associated with lower psychological well-being. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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