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Cultural identity and psychological adjustment of adolescent Chinese immigrants in New Zealand.

Authors
  • Eyou, M L
  • Adair, V
  • Dixon, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of adolescence
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2000
Volume
23
Issue
5
Pages
531–543
Identifiers
PMID: 11073695
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Based on an integration of acculturation and developmental models, this study examined the relationship between psychological adjustment and cultural identity determined by the relative strength of identification with own ethnic group, and the mainstream society. Over 400 immigrant Chinese students completed questionnaires and 24 participated in interviews. Results indicated that adolescents who were integrated had higher self-esteem than their peers who were separated or marginalized p<0.001). This finding is consistent with research on ethnic minority adolescents in other countries, and suggests that integration has important implications on the psychological well-being of these adolescent immigrants.

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