Ethnic Identity and Psychological Well-Being in Jamaican Immigrants: Examining Mainstream Comfort and Social Affiliation as Moderators
Laura Reid Marks
Florida State University, Florida
West Lafayette, Indiana Brittany Lee
VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Tennessee
The Jamaican immigrant population in the United States is growing. There is a need to understand factors that may influence psychological well-being in this immigrant group. The purpose of the study was to examine the association between ethnic identity and psychological well-being, and the moderating role of mainstream comfort and social affiliation with one’s ethnicity versus other ethnicities on this relationship. One hundred Jamaican immigrants completed an online survey (Mage = 45.32 years, 63% women). Findings indicate a positive association between ethnic identity and psychological wellbeing and both mainstream comfort and social affiliation moderated this relationship. Findings have clinical and theoretical relevance for psychologists working with Jamaican immigrants in the United States and internationally.