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Acculturation, personality, and psychological adjustment.

Abstract

Two studies investigated relationships between traditional indicators of acculturation, cultural distance, acculturation strategies, and basic dimensions of personality as they pertain to psychological adjustment among Hispanic students. Although personality characteristics have been shown to be important determinants of psychological well-being, acculturation research has put less emphasis on the role of personality in the well-being of immigrants. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that basic dimensions of personality such as extraversion and neuroticism were strongly related to psychological adjustment. Acculturation strategies did not mediate the effect of personality variables, but cultural resistance made a small, independent contribution to the explanation of some aspects of negative psychological adjustment. The implications of the results were discussed.

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  • Authors

    Ahadi SA, Puente-Díaz R

    Source

    Psychological reports 109:3 2011 Dec pg 842-62

    MeSH

    Acculturation
    Adaptation, Psychological
    Adolescent
    Adult
    Culture
    Emigrants and Immigrants
    Female
    Hispanic Americans
    Humans
    Language
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Personal Satisfaction
    Personality
    Questionnaires
    Social Adjustment
    Students

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22420116