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The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian CognitionContradiction, Change, and Holism$
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Julie Spencer-Rodgers and Kaiping Peng

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199348541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199348541.001.0001

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Contextual and Cultural Factors Influencing Malleable Racial Identity

Contextual and Cultural Factors Influencing Malleable Racial Identity

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(p.465) Chapter 16 Contextual and Cultural Factors Influencing Malleable Racial Identity
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The Psychological and Cultural Foundations of East Asian Cognition
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Julie A. Garcia

Diana T. Sanchez

Margaret Shih

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199348541.003.0016

Recent research indicates that people from multiracial backgrounds may have more malleable racial identification than those with monoracial backgrounds. For multiracial individuals, context may play an important role in racial self-identification. An Asian/White biracial person, for example, might identify more as Asian when around other Asian people or when speaking an Asian language. Also, over one’s lifetime, multiracial people are more likely to change their racial identification than keep it constant. But how do these fluctuations in racial self-definition affect psychological well-being? This chapter discusses how individual difference variables, namely dialectical self-views, moderate the effect of racial identity fluctuation on psychological well-being. In particular, it discusses how malleable racial identification predicts lower psychological well-being only for those with less dialectical-self views (i.e., little tolerance for change and inconsistency).

Keywords:   biracial, multiracial, psychological well-being, identity malleability, psychological well-being, racial identity, dialectical self-view

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