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The Application of Experience Sampling Approaches to the Study of Ethnic Identity: New Developmental Insights and Directions


  • Tiffany Yip and Sara Douglass, Department of Psychology, Fordham University.


In this article, we review how the application of experience sampling methods (ESM) has advanced knowledge of the developmental importance of ethnic identity for youth outcomes. In particular, ESM approaches have allowed researchers to explore the construct of salience, the context-dependent and fluid component of ethnic identity. We highlight new information on the importance of context for variability in ethnic identity salience, and the association between ethnic identity and psychological well-being.