The Complexity of Ethnic Identity Among Jewish American Emerging Adults

Robert S. Weisskirch, Su Yeong Kim, Seth J Schwartz, Susan Krauss Whitbourne

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Jewish Americans may grapple with issues of ethnic identity differently than the larger White American group. Drawn from a large multisite sample (N = 8,501), 280 Jewish American (207 female, 73 male) emerging adults were compared with White American and ethnic minority samples on ethnic and U.S. identity. Jewish Americans rated themselves as significantly higher on measures of ethnic and U.S. identity compared with White Americans but not as highly as ethnic minorities. Ethnic identity search, affirmation, and resolution also predicted higher self-esteem for Jewish Americans, similar to the pattern for other ethnic groups. In addition, ethnic identity search and affirmation moderated the link between perceived discrimination and depressive symptoms among Jewish Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-141
Number of pages15
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016


  • Ethnic identity
  • Jewish American
  • Jews
  • perceived discrimination
  • self-esteem
  • White

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Anthropology


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