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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.

Authors

Ahadi SA, Puente-Díaz R

Institution

American Institutes for Research.

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