Date of Award

2008

Publication Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Julie Hakim-Larson

Keywords

Psychology

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

Participants were recruited primarily from online and student groups resulting in a total of 99 participants (74 females, 25 males; age range: 15-21). Having a positive Arab orientation predicted family satisfaction and having a positive European-Canadian orientation predicted school and living environment satisfaction, as well as fewer invalid school absences. These results corroborate previous research findings differentiating between psychological and sociocultural adjustment, but also show that having a positive Arab acculturation orientation predicts psychological adaptation in private domains and having a positive European-Canadian acculturation orientation predicts psychological adaptation in public domains. Perceived social support received from family mediated the relation between Arab acculturation orientation and private life satisfaction, indicating that family support plays a crucial role in interpreting the relation between acculturation and adjustment. Gender comparisons revealed that males, as compared to females, reported stronger ethnic identities.

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