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Title: The role of dialectical self and bicultural identity integration in psychological adjustment
Authors: Chen, SX 
Benet-Martinez, V
Wu, WCH
Lam, BCP
Bond, MH
Keywords: Acculturation
Bicultural Identity Integration
Dialectical self
Globalization
Psychological adjustment
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of personality, 2013, v. 81, no. 1, p. 61-75 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Personality 
Abstract: Objective: We applied the concept of naïve dialecticism (Peng & Nisbett,), which characterizes East Asians' greater tendency to encompass contradictory, ever-changing, and interrelated features of an entity, to bicultural contexts and examined its effects on psychological well-being across various acculturating groups. Method: We administered questionnaire measures of the dialectical self, bicultural identity integration (BII; Benet-Martínez & Haritatos, 2005), and well-being to Hong Kong Chinese (N=213) in Study 1 and Mainland Chinese (N=239) in Study 2. In Study 3, a 4-week longitudinal study was conducted among Hong Kong Chinese (N=173) to test the relationships of these variables over time. We then extended similar measures to new immigrants from Mainland China (N=67) in Study 4 and Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong (N=153) in Study 5. Results: Five studies converged to show that psychological adjustment was positively related to BII, but negatively related to the dialectical self. In Studies 1-3, dialecticism mediated the effect of BII on psychological adjustment among Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese bicultural individuals. Conclusions: Our findings reveal the deleterious effects of tolerance for contradiction on well-being and differentiate biculturalism patterns of immigration-based and globalization-based acculturation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8864
ISSN: 0022-3506
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2012.00791.x
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