Perceived Discrimination and Well-Being Among Unauthorized Hispanic Immigrants: The Moderating Role of Ethnic/Racial Group Identity Centrality

Cory L. Cobb, Alan Meca, Nyla R. Branscombe, Seth J. Schwartz, Dong Xie, Maria Cecilia Zea, Cristina A. Fernandez, Gardiner L. Sanders

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Abstract

Objectives: We investigated the association between perceived ethnic discrimination with psychological well-being and life satisfaction among a community sample of unauthorized Hispanic immigrants in the United States. We also assessed whether ethnic/racial group identity centrality moderated this relationship. Method: A community sample of self-reported unauthorized Hispanics (N = 140) completed questionnaires assessing perceived ethnic discrimination, ethnic/racial group identity centrality, psychological well-being, and life satisfaction. Results: Discrimination negatively predicted psychological well-being and life satisfaction, and ethnic/racial group identity centrality moderated these relationships. High ethnic/racial group identity centrality reduced the association of discrimination with psychological well-being and life satisfaction. Ethnic/racial identity centrality lent psychological protection for those who reported higher levels of discrimination. Conclusion: Ethnic discrimination is a salient stressor for unauthorized Hispanic immigrants. Yet high ethnic/racial group identity centrality may protect these individuals from the negative effects of discrimination by providing a sense of belonging, acceptance, and social support in the face of rejection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Discrimination
  • Flourishing
  • Identity centrality
  • Psychological well-being
  • Unauthorized Hispanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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