Social change behaviors among Asian American college students: Ethnic regional group differences and campus-level predictors.

Jacqueline Yi, Nathan R. Todd

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Abstract

We examined ethnic regional group membership (East, South, and Southeast Asian) and campus-level variables (e.g., identity-based organizations, discriminatory campus climate) as predictors of social change behaviors for Asian American college students. This focus contributes to the field’s knowledge of differences between East, South, and Southeast Asian groups that are commonly excluded in research. We used a sample of 3,707 Asian American students from 88 campuses across the United States who participated in the 2015 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership. We examined our hypotheses using multilevel modeling, which allowed us to consider the nested structure of the data. Findings showed that South and Southeast Asian students engaged in more social change behaviors than East Asian students. Greater participation in racial/ethnic identity-based organizations on campus and lower individual-level perceptions of discriminatory campus climate predicted more social change behaviors. Moreover, there was a significant cross-level interaction between ethnic regional group and campus-level discriminatory climate on social change behaviors, such that the effect of campus-level discriminatory climate was negative and significant for South Asian students, and nonsignificant for East and Southeast Asian students. We discuss implications for future research and for campus programming to support Asian American students working for social change in the college context. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)What is the public significance of this article?: This study suggests that ethnic regional group membership, participation in identity-based organizations, and perceptions of discriminatory campus climate predict engagement in social change behaviors for Asian American college students. Specifically, our results point to important differences between East, South, and Southeast Asian groups that are commonly excluded in research. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-222
Number of pages12
JournalAsian American Journal of Psychology
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Asian Americans
  • campus climate
  • ethnic group differences
  • perceptions of discrimination
  • social change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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