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ERIC Number: EJ790637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0739-9863
Ethnic Identity and Self-Esteem: Contrasting Cuban and Nicaraguan Young Adults
Cislo, Andrew M.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v30 n2 p230-250 2008
A growing literature suggests that stronger ethnic identity is associated with higher levels of self-esteem among Hispanic Americans. However, most studies employ a panethnic "Hispanic" category or focus on one ethnic group, leaving open the question of how different Hispanic groups compare in this association. In the framework of social identity theory, the author provides ordinary least squares (OLS) estimates of the relationship between ethnic identity and later self-esteem in a sample of Nicaraguan and Cuban young adults in South Florida (N = 291). Results indicate that stronger ethnic identity is salutary for Cubans' self-esteem though detrimental for Nicaraguans'. Additionally, Nicaraguans report significantly weaker ethnic identification and lower self-esteem than do Cubans on average. Also, higher perceived ethnic discrimination is associated with stronger ethnic identity for Cubans. (Contains 3 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cuba; Nicaragua