A two-factor model of ethnic identity exploration: Implications for identity coherence and well-being

Moin Syed, Lovey H M Walker, Richard M. Lee, Byron L. Zamboanga, Brian E. Armenta, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Seth J. Schwartz, Que Lam Huynh

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Abstract

The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the multidimensional nature of ethnic identity exploration and its relevance for a broader sense of identity and well-being. Participants were 3,637 ethnic minority college students who completed survey measures of ethnic identity exploration, general identity coherence, general identity confusion, and well-being. Consistent with our 3 hypotheses, the results indicated that (a) ethnic identity exploration comprised 2 dimensions, participation and search; (b) participation was positively associated with well-being, whereas search was negatively associated with well-being; and (c) identity coherence and identity confusion mediated the associations between participation and search, respectively, and well-being. These findings have important theoretical implications for conceptualization and measurement of ethnic identity exploration and its association with well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-154
Number of pages12
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

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ethnic identity
Cross-Sectional Studies
well-being
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cross-sectional study
national minority
coherence
Surveys and Questionnaires
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Keywords

  • Ethnic identity
  • Identity coherence
  • Identity exploration
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Syed, M., Walker, L. H. M., Lee, R. M., Zamboanga, B. L., Armenta, B. E., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., ... Huynh, Q. L. (2013). A two-factor model of ethnic identity exploration: Implications for identity coherence and well-being. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19(2), 143-154. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0030564

A two-factor model of ethnic identity exploration : Implications for identity coherence and well-being. / Syed, Moin; Walker, Lovey H M; Lee, Richard M.; Zamboanga, Byron L.; Armenta, Brian E.; Umaña-Taylor, Adriana J.; Schwartz, Seth J.; Huynh, Que Lam.

In: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Vol. 19, No. 2, 04.2013, p. 143-154.

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Syed, M, Walker, LHM, Lee, RM, Zamboanga, BL, Armenta, BE, Umaña-Taylor, AJ, Schwartz, SJ & Huynh, QL 2013, 'A two-factor model of ethnic identity exploration: Implications for identity coherence and well-being', Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 143-154. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0030564
Syed, Moin ; Walker, Lovey H M ; Lee, Richard M. ; Zamboanga, Byron L. ; Armenta, Brian E. ; Umaña-Taylor, Adriana J. ; Schwartz, Seth J. ; Huynh, Que Lam. / A two-factor model of ethnic identity exploration : Implications for identity coherence and well-being. In: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 2013 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 143-154.
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