Identity exploration, identity confusion, and openness as predictors of multicultural ideology

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Abstract

Research has indicated benefits to individuals and society of holding a multicultural versus colorblind ideology. This cross-sectional study tested the association of endorsement of multiculturalism with the individual difference constructs of identity exploration, identity confusion, and openness. Participants were 188 college students who completed a survey. Multiple regression analyses indicated that identity exploration, identity confusion, and openness independently predicted multicultural ideology. Additionally, identity exploration and identity confusion interacted such that identity exploration was associated with multiculturalism when identity confusion was low, but not when identity confusion was high. These findings indicate that general individual differences in personality and identity are predictive of cultural-related attitudes, and have implications for the design of interventions aimed at increasing multiculturalism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-496
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

Keywords

  • Identity confusion
  • Identity exploration
  • Multiculturalism
  • Openness

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