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Cross-ethnic friendships, psychological well-being, and academic outcomes: Study of South Asian and White children in the UK

Bagci, Sabahat C.; Kumashiro, Madoka; Rutland, Adam; Smith, Peter K. and Blumberg, Herbert H.. 2017. Cross-ethnic friendships, psychological well-being, and academic outcomes: Study of South Asian and White children in the UK. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 14, pp. 190-205. ISSN 1740-5629 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

We examined whether two interpersonal processes, self-disclosure and affirmation of ideal self, mediated the relationship between cross-ethnic friendships and psychological well-being and academic outcomes. We conducted a cross-sectional survey with 484 secondary school children (243 White European, 241 South Asian British; Mage = 11.10, 220 boys, 264 girls) recruited from 35 multiethnic classrooms. Results of multilevel structural equation modeling revealed mediational effects of self-disclosure between cross-ethnic friendships and psychological well-being for only South Asian children. Affirmation also mediated the association between cross-ethnic friendships and both psychological well-being and academic outcomes for South Asian children. For White European children, affirmation mediated the association between cross-ethnic friendships and psychological well-being. Further analyses demonstrated that self-disclosure resulting from cross-ethnic friendship quality facilitated affirmation, which in turn promoted both sets of outcomes. Findings demonstrate that cross-ethnic friendships in multiethnic settings contribute to well-being through the generation of positive interpersonal processes.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2016.1185008

Keywords:

Cross-ethnic, friendships, self-disclosure, affirmation, well-being

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
16 April 2016Accepted
13 May 2016Published Online
April 2017Published

Item ID:

21479

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2017 10:43

Last Modified:

12 Jul 2018 14:29

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/21479

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