Bicultural Identity and Acculturation Processes

One of my longest-standing areas of research is on psychological acculturation within first and second generation immigrants and Aboriginal people. In other words, I am interested in how individuals who have experienced socialization in more than one culture reconcile competing cultural messages and how they define one or more identities within that space. In one series of studies, I examined the origins and consequences of bicultural identity conflict among second generation immigrants. In another, I explored individual differences in implicit identity structure, and the effects of these variations on one’s adjustment to acculturation.

One student in my lab examined whether the process of resolving cultural value conflicts increases cognitive complexity and one’s ability to identify with two cultures. Most recently, another student examined the effects of acculturation gap on individual and family adjustment, and the various mediators that account for those relationships.

  • Bajwa, J. & Stroink, M.L. (2010). The relationship between acculturation gap and adjustment: Exploring the mediating effects of perceived rejection, value conflict, and communication. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention. Winnipeg, MB. [Based on Bajwa’s Masters Thesis in Psychology]
  • Stroink, M.L. & Lalonde, R.N. (2009). Bicultural identity conflict in second generation Asian-Canadians. Journal of Social Psychology, 149, 44-65.
  • Harper, J.M. & Stroink, M.L. (2009). Bicultural identification and alcohol abuse among Aboriginal Canadians: The protective benefits of Aboriginal cultural affiliation. Poster presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention. Montreal, QC. [Based on Harper’s Masters Thesis in Psychology]
  • Lalonde, R.N., Jones, J.M., & Stroink, M.L. (2008). Racial identity and socialization: How Black Canadian parents prepare children for racism. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 40, 129-139.
  • Stroink, M.L. (2007). Processes and preconditions underlying terrorism in second generation immigrants. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 13(3), 293-312.
  • Stroink, M.L. & Couture, B. (2007). Bicultural identity and the resolution of value conflict: The effects of self-regulation and audience accountability. Paper presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention. Ottawa, ON. [Based on Couture’s Honours Thesis in Psychology]
  • Stroink, M.L. (2004). The conflicting standards dilemma and gender: A mediating model of its affective implications and coping styles. Journal of Social Psychology, 144(3), 273-292.