Ethnic identity and the daily psychological well-being of adolescents from Mexican and Chinese backgrounds
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Protective effects of ethnic identity on daily psychological well-being were examined in a sample of 415 ninth graders from Mexican and Chinese backgrounds. Utilizing daily diary assessments and multilevel modeling, adolescents with a greater regard for their ethnic group exhibited greater levels of daily happiness and less daily anxiety averaged over the 2-week study period. Ethnic regard moderated the daily association between normative stressful demands and happiness, and between stressful demands and happiness experienced 1 day after stressors occurred. Moderating effects were significant even after controlling for self-esteem. Although no buffering effects of ethnic centrality were found, the results point to the positive influence of ethnic regard in the daily lives of adolescents from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Kiang, L., Yip, T., Fuligni, A. J., Gonzales-Backen, M. & Witkow, M. (2006). Ethnic identity and daily psychological well-being of adolescents from Mexican and Chinese backgrounds. Child Development, 77, 1338-1350.