Explaining Low Ethnic Identity Among Educated Mexican Americans
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. The study is based on a theory that low ethnic identity may be caused by the emphasis on mainstream culture in American schools (Zsembik and Beeghley, 1996). The study used measures of ethnic identity and self-esteem developed by Roberts et al. (1999). 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. The students would be tested at graduation and at a lO-year follow up. It is projected that the bicultural curricula participants would show significantly higher ethnic identity on both post tests, that high ethnic identity would be significantly positively correlated with psychological well being and that the bicultural curricula participants who pursued higher education would show higher preservation of ethnic identity over 10 years.