Self-Representation, Cultural Identity and Psychopathology

Stephanie Cintron, Pace University


This study explores a broadly defined concept of self, including personal and cultural identity, and their relationship to psychopathology. The sample consisted of 162 individuals who sought treatment at an urban based clinic. All participants completed a background questionnaire, the Profile for Adolescent Depression and Individuation (PADI) assessing types if depression, counter-depressive strategies and progress toward individuation and identity formation, the Ethnic Identity Scale (EIS), the Stephenson Multigroup Acculturation Scale (SMAS), Horizontal and Vertical Individualism and Collectivism (HVIC), and the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). Self-representation, a measure of success or failure of the separation-individuation process, was most strongly related to worldview, individualistic and collectivistic values. Self-representation, worldview, and affirmation, known as positive feelings about one's ethnicity, were the strongest predictors of psychological outcomes.

Subject Area

Clinical psychology

Recommended Citation

Cintron, Stephanie, "Self-Representation, Cultural Identity and Psychopathology" (2013). ETD Collection for Pace University. AAI3538175.



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