Identity Among Recently Immigrated Hispanic Youth

Dr. Alan Meca’s manuscript on personal and cultural identity development among recently immigrated Hispanic youth, published in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, is now publicly available (click here). The study sought to examine the directionality between personal (i.e., coherence and confusion) and cultural identity (i.e., ethnic and US) as well as their additive effects on psychosocial functioning in a sample of recently immigrated Hispanic adolescents. Although results indicated a bidirectional relationship between personal and cultural identity, personal identity predicted nearly every outcome! Given the direct effects of coherence and confusion on nearly every outcome, it may be beneficial for interventions to target personal identity.Building on these findings, TARDIS Research Lab is working on further exploring the relationship between personal and cultural identity development while refining current measures of cultural identity.

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