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Ethnic identity, self-identified ethnicity and psychological wellbeing among young adults with immigrant background: A cross-sectional study in a Swedish context

Persson, Julia LU (2016) PSPT02 20161
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The current study aimed to investigate the relationship between ethnic
identity, self-identified ethnicity and psychological wellbeing among young
adults with an immigrant background. An additional purpose was to
perform preliminary validation analyses of a Swedish language version of
the Revised Multi-group Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM-R). Data was
collected using a cross-sectional web-survey involving the MEIM-R, the
General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) and questions about participants’
socio-demographic background. The sample consisted of 183 adults (aged
between 18-36). Overall, respondents reported lower degrees of exploration
and commitment to their ethnic identity compared to previous research. In
contrast to prior... (More)
The current study aimed to investigate the relationship between ethnic
identity, self-identified ethnicity and psychological wellbeing among young
adults with an immigrant background. An additional purpose was to
perform preliminary validation analyses of a Swedish language version of
the Revised Multi-group Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM-R). Data was
collected using a cross-sectional web-survey involving the MEIM-R, the
General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) and questions about participants’
socio-demographic background. The sample consisted of 183 adults (aged
between 18-36). Overall, respondents reported lower degrees of exploration
and commitment to their ethnic identity compared to previous research. In
contrast to prior international studies, no significant correlation was found
between psychological wellbeing and ethnic identity or self-identified
ethnicity. The discrepancies were mainly attributed to differences in sample
characteristics, cultural/contextual factors and methodological aspects. As
the Swedish language version of the MEIM-R showed adequate
psychometric properties, the current study suggests that the MEIM-R is
appropriate for use in a Swedish context, hopefully promoting further
research of ethnic aspects of identity in Sweden. (Less)
Popular Abstract (Swedish)
Följande studie syftade till att undersöka sambandet mellan psykologiskt
välbefinnande, etnisk identitet och själv-identifierad etnicitet bland unga
vuxna med utländsk bakgrund. Ett vidare syfte var att genomföra preliminära
valideringsanalyser av en svensk version av Revised Multi-group Ethnic
Identity Measure (MEIM-R). Data samlades in med hjälp av en webb-enkät
som inkluderade MEIM-R, General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) samt
frågor om deltagarnas socio-demografiska bakgrund. Urvalet bestod av 183
vuxna (18-36 år). Deltagarna skattade lägre grad av utforskande och
tillhörighet till sin etniska identitet jämfört med tidigare forskning. I motsats
till tidigare internationella studier, återfanns inget samband mellan
psykologiskt... (More)
Följande studie syftade till att undersöka sambandet mellan psykologiskt
välbefinnande, etnisk identitet och själv-identifierad etnicitet bland unga
vuxna med utländsk bakgrund. Ett vidare syfte var att genomföra preliminära
valideringsanalyser av en svensk version av Revised Multi-group Ethnic
Identity Measure (MEIM-R). Data samlades in med hjälp av en webb-enkät
som inkluderade MEIM-R, General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) samt
frågor om deltagarnas socio-demografiska bakgrund. Urvalet bestod av 183
vuxna (18-36 år). Deltagarna skattade lägre grad av utforskande och
tillhörighet till sin etniska identitet jämfört med tidigare forskning. I motsats
till tidigare internationella studier, återfanns inget samband mellan
psykologiskt välbefinnande och etnisk identitet eller själv-identifierad
etnicitet. Diskrepanserna tillskrevs främst skillnader i urval,
kulturella/kontextuella faktorer samt metodologiska aspekter. Då den svenska
versionen av MEIM-R visade adekvata psykometriska egenskaper, resulterar
studien i en version av MEIM-R lämplig att använda i en svensk kontext;
förhoppningsvis kan detta främja fortsatt forskning kring etniska aspekter av
identitet i Sverige. (Less)
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author
Persson, Julia LU
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organization
course
PSPT02 20161
year
type
H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
subject
keywords
psychological wellbeing, acculturation, Ethnic identity, MEIM-R, young adults, immigrant background, etnisk identitet, ackulturation, psykologisk, välbefinnande, unga vuxna, utländsk bakgrund
language
English
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8876262
date added to LUP
2016-06-03 15:31:12
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2016-06-03 15:31:12
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  abstract     = {The current study aimed to investigate the relationship between ethnic
identity, self-identified ethnicity and psychological wellbeing among young
adults with an immigrant background. An additional purpose was to
perform preliminary validation analyses of a Swedish language version of
the Revised Multi-group Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM-R). Data was
collected using a cross-sectional web-survey involving the MEIM-R, the
General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) and questions about participants’
socio-demographic background. The sample consisted of 183 adults (aged
between 18-36). Overall, respondents reported lower degrees of exploration
and commitment to their ethnic identity compared to previous research. In
contrast to prior international studies, no significant correlation was found
between psychological wellbeing and ethnic identity or self-identified
ethnicity. The discrepancies were mainly attributed to differences in sample
characteristics, cultural/contextual factors and methodological aspects. As
the Swedish language version of the MEIM-R showed adequate
psychometric properties, the current study suggests that the MEIM-R is
appropriate for use in a Swedish context, hopefully promoting further
research of ethnic aspects of identity in Sweden.},
  author       = {Persson, Julia},
  keyword      = {psychological wellbeing,acculturation,Ethnic identity,MEIM-R,young adults,immigrant background,etnisk identitet,ackulturation,psykologisk,välbefinnande,unga vuxna,utländsk bakgrund},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Ethnic identity, self-identified ethnicity and psychological wellbeing among young adults with immigrant background: A cross-sectional study in a Swedish context},
  year         = {2016},
}