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How Do I Reconcile My Two Cultures? Narrative Approaches to Bicultural Identity Integration and Development

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Title: How Do I Reconcile My Two Cultures? Narrative Approaches to Bicultural Identity Integration and Development
Author: Festa, Lindsay
Advisor: Lilgendahl, Jennifer L.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: The formation of bicultural identity is investigated using the narrative identity approach. Previous research has suggested that two dichotomies exist in bicultural individuals that help to form their identity: conflict vs. harmony and distance vs. integration. Subjects were asked to respond to three narrative prompts, which in turn were coded for different variables, including identity exploration and growth. Specifically, conflicted and distanced individuals were less likely to explore their identity and/or grow from previous experiences. However, contrary to previous research, past conflict was found to be a springboard for bicultural identity integration only if accompanied by exploration. Limitations of the current study, as well as directions for future research, are discussed.
Subject: Biculturalism
Subject: Identity (Psychology)
Subject: Narrative therapy
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3603

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Festa, Lindsay. "How Do I Reconcile My Two Cultures? Narrative Approaches to Bicultural Identity Integration and Development". 2009. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3603.

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