Ethnic Identity and Subjective Wellbeing: Connections and Possibilities

By Wendy L. Kennedy and Robert A. Cummins.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The benefits of multicultural societies, and the contributions made by immigrant populations to daily life in their adopted countries, have been discussed in the literature for many years. In some countries like Australia, first and second generation immigrants comprise a large proportion of the population, suggesting that ongoing research on issues of cultural diversity and psychological wellbeing in these countries are likely to benefit our understanding of multicultural societies in general. Recent developments in the understanding of subjective wellbeing encourages the use of this variable to inform the potential of ethnic identity to influence an individual’s sense of personal wellbeing. Using the homeostatic model of subjective wellbeing as a foundation, this theory-based paper discusses relationships between ethnic identity and the homeostatic model, outlines some of the complexities involved in measuring these constructs, and suggests a way ahead for future research.

Keywords: Ethnic Identity, Subjective Wellbeing, Psychological Wellbeing, Multicultural Societies

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.107-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 652.334KB).

Dr Wendy L. Kennedy

Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wendy Kennedy’s research interests include ethnic identity, multicultural marketing, social marketing, subjective wellbeing and research methodology. Wendy teaches undergraduate marketing subjects Advanced Market Research, and Consumer Behaviour at Victoria University, and is currently undertaking a PhD scholarship at Deakin University.

Prof. Robert A. Cummins

Professor of Psychology, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Professor Robert Cummins is based on the Burwood Campus of Deakin University. He coordinates the Australian Centre on Quality of Life which is a resource facility for students and researchers. Professor Cummins is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Happiness Studies. His research interests include the theoretical basis for subjective wellbeing and the application of quality of life research to social marketing.


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