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ERIC Number: EJ978203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Change in Ethnic Identity across the College Transition
Tsai, Kim M.; Fuligni, Andrew J.
Developmental Psychology, v48 n1 p56-64 Jan 2012
This article examined changes in ethnic identity as a function of college type and residential status and whether differences due to college type could be explained by involvement in extracurricular activities and college ethnic composition. Although no changes in ethnic labeling or belonging were found, there was a normative decrease in ethnic search, independent of residential status. Moreover, the decline in ethnic search was significantly greater at 2- than 4-year colleges, and this difference was mediated by higher rates of participation in extracurricular activities at 4-year colleges. Ethnic identity did not vary by college ethnic composition. There were no ethnic or generation differences in ethnic identity change; however, women were more likely to include an "American" term in their ethnic label than were men, over time. Averaging across time, students at 4-year colleges also had a greater preference for the "American" term in their ethnic labels. Findings illuminate the importance of context in shaping ethnic identity. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California