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The Relationship between Biculturalism and Stress among Northern Plains American Indian College Students.

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This study examined the effect of biculturalism on stress in a proposed sample of 59 Northern Plains American Indian college students. Subjects completed the Northern Plains Biculturalism Inventory (NPBI) and the Hassles Scale. The subscales of the NPBI were used as predictor variables and the total score of the Hassles Scale as the criterion variable. Additionally, the one-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was utilized to assess differences between biculturally-oriented groups. This design tested the applicability of the Orthogonal Theory of Biculturalism. It was predicted that higher combined scores on the NBPI subscales predicted lower Hassles Scale scores. Results of this study did not support the study hypothesis that American Indian college students who consider themselves to be more bicultural will report lower levels of stress than their marginal peers. Recommendations are that the area of cross-cultural research be further investigated and expanded. There is the possibility that more culturally specific measures need to be developed. It is hypothesized that an individual's level and degree of Biculturalism significantly affects his or her psychological well- being, and although this project did not clearly support the Orthogonal Theory of Biculturalism, it provides a basis for further research. No significant results were found in this study. Appended are: Informed Consent; Demographic Questionnaire; Hassles Scale; Northern Plain's Biculturalism Inventory; Figures; and a Table. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/JDM)

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Author:Griffith, Nova M.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Aug 1, 2000
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