The Role of Behavioral and Cognitive Cultural Orientation on Mexican American College Students' Life Satisfaction

Lizette Ojeda, Lisa M. Edwards, Erin E. Hardin, Brandy Piña-Watson

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Abstract

We examined the role of behavioral (acculturation and enculturation) and cognitive cultural orientation (independent and interdependent self-construal) on Mexican American college students' life satisfaction. Analyses explained 28% of the variance in life satisfaction, with social class, grade point average, and independent self-construal being unique predictors. Furthermore, enculturation was associated with increasing life satisfaction among those low in interdependent self-construal, whereas acculturation was associated with decreasing life satisfaction among those high in independent self-construal. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Hispanic Higher Education
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Mexican Americans
  • acculturation
  • college students
  • enculturation
  • life satisfaction
  • self-construal

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