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Arab Youth in Canada: Acculturation, Enculturation, Social Support, and Life Satisfaction

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  • This research was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council scholarship awarded to the first author and was conducted in partial fulfillment of the master of arts degree awarded to the first author under the supervision of the second author.

concerning this article should be addressed to Ashley D. Paterson, Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Avenue, Chrysler Hall South, Room 173, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4 (e-mail: patersoa@uwindsor.ca).

Abstract

Results from 98 Arab youth in Canada showed that having a positive Arab culture orientation was related to greater family life satisfaction with family social support as a mediator. A positive European Canadian orientation was related to greater school life satisfaction, but this relation was not mediated by friend social support. Implications for the processes of enculturation and acculturation are discussed.

Los resultados obtenidos de 98 jóvenes Árabes en Canadá mostraron que tener una orientación cultural Árabe positiva estaba relacionado con una mayor satisfacción sobre la vida en familia, con el apoyo social familiar como mediador. Tener una orientación Eurocanadiense positiva estaba relacionado con una mayor satisfacción en la vida escolar, pero esta relación no estaba mediada por el apoyo social de los amigos. Se discuten las implicaciones para los procesos de inculturación y aculturación.

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