Date: 13 Nov 2013

Identity Management Strategies, Perceived Discrimination, and Well-Being Among Young Immigrants in Spain

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Abstract

This chapter explores the manifold aspects and predictors of well-being among immigrant youth in Spain. The study presented aimed to examine the relationship between the perceived discrimination of immigrant young adults, ethnicity, and individual and collective coping strategies as factors related to their hedonic, psychological, and social well-being. Participants were 232 immigrants (aged 18-24) from Bolivia, Colombia, Morocco, Romania, and Sub-Saharan African countries. Coping strategies were found to mitigate detrimental effects of perceived discrimination on immigrants’ psychological functioning. However, not all the identity management mechanisms serve as a buffer for well-being across distinct ethnicities. Colombians benefit from both individual- and group-level favourable social comparisons whereas Romanians intend to restore or maintain their well-being through personal and group mobilization. African (especially Moroccan) immigrants suffer most the consequences of the lack of coping resources on their psychological functioning. Implications and suggestions for future policy and research with these immigrant groups are discussed.