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Factors Related To Acculturation Among Armenian Americans.

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This study explored the associations between the Five Factors of personality, acculturation, resilience, and subjective well-being (SWB) among immigrants of Armenian descent in the United States. The study sample consisted of 124 participants from Los Angeles area, California. The study was conducted to mitigate the paucity of research involving Armenian Americans, and the scarcity of information on the relationship between personality and acculturation. The Five Factor Model (FFM) was used to assess the five ...
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Overview

This study explored the associations between the Five Factors of personality, acculturation, resilience, and subjective well-being (SWB) among immigrants of Armenian descent in the United States. The study sample consisted of 124 participants from Los Angeles area, California. The study was conducted to mitigate the paucity of research involving Armenian Americans, and the scarcity of information on the relationship between personality and acculturation. The Five Factor Model (FFM) was used to assess the five dimensions of personality, known as Emotional Stability, Openness to Experience, Extraversion, Conscientiousness, and Agreeableness. Acculturation was assessed in two dimensions: Dominant Society Immersion (DSI), and Ethnic Society Immersion (ESI). The results showed that personality factors of Extraversion and Conscientiousness were positively associated with DSI at statistically significant levels indicating that immigrants who scored higher on these personality factors tended to be more immersed in the dominant society. The personality factors of Conscientiousness and Extraversion were also shown to be significantly associated with resilience. The mediation analyses indicated that resilience mediated the association between these two personality factors and DSI. Both measures of acculturation, DSI, and ESI, along with resilience were shown to be positively associated with SWB at statistically significant levels. The association of DSI with ESI was shown to be inverse and statistically significant in the sample, indicating that those who tended to be more immersed in the dominant U.S. society were less immersed in the ethnic Armenian society and vice versa. The personality factors of Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Openness were also shown to be positively associated with SWB at statistically significant levels. Additional mediation analyses indicated that resilience constituted a mediation pathway through which the personality factors of Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Openness associated with SWB. These findings may have clinical implications. The FFM of personality may be useful to assess in the context of acculturation. Particularly, the personality factors of Extraversion, Conscientiousness, and possibly Openness to Experience may provide insight into how the immigrants adapt and cope in the face of acculturation challenges. Assessment of the Five Factors can help clinicians develop interventions that address behaviors and inner processes within these personality dimensions that obstruct mastery of the tasks involved in acculturation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781244066243
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/11/2011
  • Pages: 58
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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