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ERIC Number: EJ887175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 45
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-0011-0000
Multicultural Personality: An Evolving Theory of Optimal Functioning in Culturally Heterogeneous Societies
Ponterotto, Joseph G.
Counseling Psychologist, v38 n5 p714-758 2010
The present article provides an update of the author's evolving theory of the "multicultural personality" (MP). The MP is conceptualized as a narrow matrix of personality traits or dispositions (characteristic adaptations) that can be subsumed under broad trait models of personality (e.g., Big Five). MP theory posits that its constituent factors will demonstrate incremental validity over broad personality traits in predicting adaptive human behavior in increasingly culturally heterogeneous societies. The present theory of the MP is anchored across the disciplines of evolutionary biology, human ecology, personality and developmental psychology, and counseling and positive psychology. The specific definition of the MP is based on an integration of leading theories and constructs in multicultural psychology. Limitations of MP theory are highlighted, future directions for research presented, and tentative implications for counseling training and practice noted. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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