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Bicultural Identity Exploration: Examining Bicultural Identity Exploration through Narratives

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Title: Bicultural Identity Exploration: Examining Bicultural Identity Exploration through Narratives
Author: Sadarangani, Sneha
Advisor: Lilgendahl, Jennifer L.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Bicultural students from Haverford College were assessed for their level of identity exploration and Bicultural Identity Integration (BII). Participants were required to provide narratives of two experiences that triggered exploration of their bicultural identity within two different contexts, the family and college environment. Their level of exploration was evaluated from their narratives and correlated with their score on the BII scale. We predicted that participants who exhibited high exploration and a positive resolution at the end of their narrative would have high BII. Also, participants who exhibited openness to experience would have high BII and this would be mediated by positive narrative exploration. Moreover, high parental autonomy support would be correlated with high BII and this would be mediated by positive narrative exploration. However, the data failed to support our primary hypothesis and we were unable to find a relationship between BII and narrative exploration. Since we were unable to prove our mediation hypothesis, we were unable to effectively analyze the other two main hypotheses. However, we found some significant correlations. Openness and maternal autonomy support were both correlated with narrative exploration and greater negative affect in the college narratives was associated with lower BII.
Subject: Identity (Psychology)
Subject: Narration (Rhetoric) -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Biculturalism -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Discourse analysis, Narrative -- Psychological aspects
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7092

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Sadarangani, Sneha. "Bicultural Identity Exploration: Examining Bicultural Identity Exploration through Narratives". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7092.

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