Exploring moderators to understand the association between vertical collectivism and psychological well-being among Asian Canadian students

Sumin Na, Lisa Spanierman, Christopher E. Lalonde

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Abstract

First, the authors investigated the direct associations of vertical collectivism, ethnic identity exploration, and ethnic identity commitment with psychological well-being among first-generation Asian Canadian university students in Canada (n = 78). Second, to gain a more nuanced understanding of the association between vertical collectivism and well-being, the authors also examined potential moderating effects of ethnic identity and cultural conflict. Results indicated that ethnic identity exploration and vertical collectivism were inversely associated with psychological well-being, whereas ethnic identity commitment was positively associated with psychological well-being. Moreover, ethnic identity exploration significantly moderated the association between vertical collectivism and well-being, whereas ethnic identity commitment did not. Specifically, the authors found a buffering effect of ethnic identity exploration such that among individuals who reported high ethnic identity exploration, vertical collectivism was not associated with lower psychological well-being. Implications for research and practice are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-300
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Diversity in Higher Education
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Asian Canadian students
  • collectivism
  • ethnic identity
  • psychological well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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