Ethnic identity, acculturation orientations, and psychological well- being among adolescents of immigrant background in Kenya

Amina Abubakar, Fons J.R. van de Vijver, Lubna Mazrui, Josephine Arasa, Margaret Murugami

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship of ethnic identity and acculturation strategies with psychological well- being among adolescents with an immigrant background in Kenya. A total of 269 adolescents from five high schools were involved. The sample included adolescents from Asian, Arab, and Somali immigrant backgrounds alongside native- born. A wide set of measures including the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure, Measure of Acculturation Orientation, Social Demographic Questionnaire, General Health Questionnaire and the Brief Students Multi- Dimensional Life Satisfaction Scale were administered. Ethnic identity (particularly the subscale on sense of ethnic belonging) was positively correlated with life satisfaction and psychological well- being. Moreover, cultural orientation towards the country of origin was closely related to psychological well- being. In conclusion, ethnic identity was associated with better psychological well- being among Kenyan adolescents. Conceptual models developed in the West can be applied in the African context when both sociocultural and economic factors are taken into consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Immigration on Children's Development
PublisherS. Karger AG
Pages49-63
Number of pages15
Volume24
ISBN (Electronic)9783805597999
ISBN (Print)9783805597982
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

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