Explaining Low Ethnic Identity Among Educated Mexican-Americans
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The causes of low ethnic identity among educated Mexican-Americans and ethnic identity’s effects on psychological well being are the topics of the proposed study. A 14-year longitudinal study is proposed with two groups of 40 Mexican-Americans, starting in ninth grade at the beginning of the study. The experimental group would participate in bicultural curricula, while the control group would participate in standard curricula. It is projected that the bicultural curricula participants would show significantly higher ethnic identity, that high ethnic identity would be significantly positively correlated with measures of psychological well being and that the bicultural curricula participants who pursued higher education would show higher preservation of ethnic identity over 10 years.