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Ethnogenesis: a look at bicultural's self-efficacy

Comparisons of two contemporary models used to analyze bicultural identity; the UDM (unidimensional model) and BDM (bidimensional model) show that conceptualization is not clear in the field. Thus, it is suggested that a third model, the TDM (tridimensional model) is able to better unpack the contents of ethnogenesis (Flannery et al., 2001), or the phenomenon by which heritage and host cultures intertwine to form a new ethno-cultural group over generations. This present study seeks to examine the construct of ethnogenesis as it relates to bicultural college students by employing the TDM model and the similarly related Alternation model. It is further predicted that biculturals who vary on two dimensions, alternating and blending, will differ in amounts of bicultural selfefficacy (LaFramboise et al. , 1993).

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