Date of Award
Master of Science in Psychology
The purpose of this study was to examine the psychological benefits derived from perceiving one's social group as having historical and temporal endurance (i.e., backward and forward continuity). The study found that Mexican Americans who perceive their group as having cultural perseverance not only derive psychological benefits (i.e., enhanced individual and collective self-esteem), but these beliefs can have even greater psychological benefits than other forms of ethnic identification.
Wacan, Jennifer Joy, "Backward and forward continuity as a predictor of wellbeing among Mexican American respondents: Scale development" (2013). Theses Digitization Project. 4238.