Cultural adaptation and psychosocial adjustment among Arab American college students

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Northwestern University, 2000 - Education - 218 pages
Hierarchical regression models were used to test the relative contributions of three models of the relationship between cultural adaptation and psychosocial adjustment: (a) assimilation, (b) acculturation orientation, and (c) ethnic identity achievement. Acculturation orientation variables made statistically significant contributions to the explained variance of all four college adjustment outcomes and ethnic identity threat outcomes. Assimilation variables were significantly related to academic adjustment and life satisfaction, while ethnic identity achievement was related to a sense of ethnic comfort and emotional adjustment. Contrary to expectations, however, the traditionalist group showed the highest levels of psychosocial adjustment, while the bicultural and neutral groups showed the lowest levels. Although parental attachment variables did not appear to moderate the relationship between cultural adaptation and psychosocial adjustment, respondents who had a different acculturation orientation from their parents reported lower levels of psychosocial adjustment.

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BACKGROUND LITERATURE
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RESULTS
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DISCUSSION AND IMPLICATIONS
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