Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Hakim-Larson, Julie

Keywords

Social sciences, Psychology, Acculturation, Canada, Friendships, Youth

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The present study investigated the relation between cultural orientation and life satisfaction, as well as differences in friendship groups, among immigrant and non-immigrant youth from four ethnic groups. Participants (N = 156) included immigrant and non-immigrant youth residing in Canada of Arab (n = 39), East Asian (n = 26), South Asian (n = 27), and European (n = 64) ethnic background. Participants completed an online survey, including self-report measures and qualitative items requiring written responses. Results indicated that greater heritage culture orientation predicted greater private life satisfaction, and number of related friends mediated this relationship. Further, there were differences based on immigrant generation and ethnic group for types of friendships, as well as types of support sought from different groups of friends. Additional findings and study implications are discussed.

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