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Asian American Values as Predictors of Differentiation of Self in Asian and Caucasian College Students and Adults Living in North America: Examining for Ethnocultural Differences

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine for ethnocultural differences in how adherence to a variety of Asian American values predict differentiation of self in a sample of 371 Asian and 164 Caucasian college students and adults living in North America. As a part of a larger project, participants completed both the Asian American Values Scale-Multidimensional and the Differentiation of Self Revised scale to assess levels of adherence to cultural values and differentiation of self, respectively. Results indicated that there were significant differences between the two cultural groups in the relationship between adherence to Asian American values and differentiation of self. Regression results further supported the hypothesis that specific Asian American values accounted for significant amount of variance in differentiation of self in Asian college students and adults living in North America. Implications for theory, clinical practice, and future research are included.

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This research was supported in part by Tyndale’s Internal Research Grant.

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Noh, H.K., Ross, N. Asian American Values as Predictors of Differentiation of Self in Asian and Caucasian College Students and Adults Living in North America: Examining for Ethnocultural Differences. Psychol Stud 65, 30–39 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12646-019-00486-2

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Keywords

  • Differentiation of self
  • Asian American values
  • Bowen’s theory
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Asian culture