Title

The Malleability of Bicultural Identity Integration (BII)

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Bicultural Identity Integration (BII), or biculturals’ perceived compatibility between their two cultural identities, has been found to predict a variety of psychological processes and behavioral outcomes. However, it is not clear why biculturals differ in their levels of BII. We suggest that the valence of bicultural experiences influences BII. Furthermore, we predict that biculturals’ level of BII can be changed momentarily by recalling valenced bicultural experiences. An experimental study manipulating recall of positive or negative bicultural experiences found that recalling positive bicultural experiences increased BII, whereas recalling negative bicultural experiences decreased BII. However, recalling experiences irrelevant to bicultural experiences did not change BII. Theoretical and practical implications of the malleability of BII are discussed.

Keywords

bicultural identity integration (BII), cultural identity, valenced bicultural experiences, malleability

Discipline

Multicultural Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Volume

44

Issue

8

First Page

1235

Last Page

1240

ISSN

0022-0221

Identifier

10.1177/0022022113490071

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022022113490071

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