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Ethnic identity, acculturation orientations and psychological well-being among adolescents of immigrant background in Kenya

Abubakar, Amina and Van de Vijver, Fons J. R. and Mazrui, Lubna and Arasa, Josephine and Murugami, Margaret (2012) Ethnic identity, acculturation orientations and psychological well-being among adolescents of immigrant background in Kenya. In: Impact of immigration on children's development. Karger, pp. 49-63.

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship of ethnic identity and acculturation strategies with psychological well-being among adolescents with an immigrant background in Kenya. A total of 269 adolescents from five high schools were involved. The sample included adolescents from Asian, Arab, and Somali immigrant backgrounds alongside native-born. A wide set of measures including the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure, Measure of Acculturation Orientation, Social Demographic Questionnaire, General Health Questionnaire and the Brief Students Multi-Dimensional Life Satisfaction Scale were administered. Ethnic identity (particularly the subscale on sense of ethnic belonging) was positively correlated with life satisfaction and psychological well-being. Moreover, cultural orientation towards the country of origin was closely related to psychological well-being. In conclusion, ethnic identity was associated with better psychological well-being among Kenyan adolescents. Conceptual models developed in the West can be applied in the African context when both sociocultural and economic factors are taken into consideration.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 72236
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2014 12:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 00:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/72236

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