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Counseling Adolescence Towards Wellness: The roles of ethnic identity, acculturation, and mattering

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jane E. Myers, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The influence of ethnic identity, acculturation, and mattering on wellness was examined for 176 minority and 286 nonminority adolescents attending a public high school. Participants completed the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure, the Stephenson Multigroup Acculturation Scale, the General Mattering Scale, the Mattering to Others Questionnaire, and the Wellness Evaluation of Life Style-Teenage. Analysis of structural equation models revealed that, for the total sample, mattering and acculturation explained a significant portion of the variance of wellness in six areas: spirituality, self direction, schoolwork, leisure, love, and friendship. Ethnic identity explained a significant portion of the variance for minority students. Implications for school counselors are discussed.

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Publication
Professional School Counseling, 8(1), 81-90
Language: English
Date: 2004
Keywords
ethnic identity, acculturation, public high school, adolescents, wellness