Multicultural personality dispositions and psychological well-being

Joseph G. Ponterotto, Catarina I. Costa-Wofford, Karen Elizabeth Brobst, Dorota Spelliscy, Jaclyn Mendelsohn Kacanski, Jennifer Scheinholtz, Danielle Martines

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The authors investigated the empirical relationship between K. I. van der Zee and J. P. van Oudenhovens (2000, 2001) multicultural personality dispositions and C. D. Ryffs (1989b) dimensions of psychological well-being. The present sample included 270 students from one primarily graduate university and one primarily undergraduate university in the northeast region of the United States. Factor analysis indicated that a three-dimensional model of the multicultural personality was the best fit structure for the sample. Correlations between multicultural personality scores and psychological well-being scores were generally positive and in the predicted directions. However, the academic setting of the participants appeared to influence the pattern of relationships. The authors identified the multicultural personality as a promising construct for research across diverse psychology specialties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-135
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2007


  • Adjustment
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Interpersonal understanding
  • Personality
  • Psychological adjustment
  • Quality of life


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