Main content

Bicultural Normative Conflicts: What Motivates Choice?

Show full item record

Title: Bicultural Normative Conflicts: What Motivates Choice?
Author: Vaswani, Mamta
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Giguère, Benjamin
Abstract: The present study explored how motivation to gain acceptance and avoid rejection impacts which of their two cultures, mainstream or heritage, South Asian Canadian bicultural individuals (N = 224) will choose to align with when the cultures support conflicting norms. Motivation to gain acceptance and to avoid rejection from each cultural group impacted that choice uniquely. In addition, motivation from one’s heritage group appeared to have a more statistically reliable association with making that choice. The present study also explored how such motivation impacts psychological health. Overall, motivation to avoid rejection was associated with greater ill-being and lower well-being whereas motivation to gain acceptance was associated with greater well-being. The results as they relate to the integration of bicultural youth into broader Canadian society as well as their psychological health, and the unique roles that acceptance and rejection play in motivating group norm adherence are discussed.
Date: 2015-10
Terms of Use: All items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Vaswani_Mamta_201510_MA.pdf 813.9Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record