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Psychological well-being, self-esteem and ethnic identity among adolescents

Halsey, Robert; (1997) Psychological well-being, self-esteem and ethnic identity among adolescents. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy.), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between ethnic identity, self-esteem and psychological well-being among adolescents of mixed parentage. This was done in order to examine the impact of ethnic identity upon self-esteem & psychological well-being. Questionnaires were used to gather quantitative data regarding self-esteem and psychological well-being from a total of 190 participants. Results showed no differences in self-esteem scores, but mixed parentage adolescents scored significantly worse than their white counterparts on measures of psychological well-being, with black adolescents occupying an intermediary position. The personal & environmental influences on the development of ethnic identity were examined via interviews with fourteen of the mixed parentage participants. No conclusions were reached regarding the relationship between ethnic identity & either self-esteem or psychological well-being. The results of this study demonstrated the complex nature of ethnic identity, gave indications for successful future methodologies, & generated hypotheses for possible future research.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy.
Title: Psychological well-being, self-esteem and ethnic identity among adolescents
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099027
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