CSLA:Jean S. Phinney - Last updated 1/15/03

School of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology

Jean S. Phinney
Professor of Psychology

Office: KH C3061
Phone: (323) 343-2261
FAX: (323) 343-2281
Email: jphinne@calstatela.edu


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am a professor of psychology, teaching mainly in the areas of development, research methods, and ethnic issues in psychology. I have been at CSULA since 1977.

Teaching Interests


y current teaching includes a graduate seminar on developmental psychology, an upper division class on adolescence, a research methods class, and a new course which I developed on multicultural psychology. The latter course focuses on ethnic group differences, the minority experience, acculturation, and intergroup relations.

Research Interests


y research over the past ten years has been centered on the study of ethnic minority adolescents and young adults, with a particular focus on ethnic identity and its role in psychological well-being. Additional areas of interest are differences in identity formation across diverse ethnic and cultural groups. We are currently investigating cultural factors in the adjustment of ethnic minority youth who are the first generation in their family to attend college.

Representative Professional Activities


n a research program supported by the National Institutes of Health, we have developed a measure of ethnic identity, the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure, that can be used with participants from any ethnic group, from junior high school through adulthood (see Phinney, 1992, below). A copy of the measure is available by "clicking" on the link above. The measure is available for research purposes; we only ask that you send a copy of any reports or papers that result from research using the measure to: Dr. Jean Phinney, Department of Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032-8227. We have also developed interviews to explore ethnic identity development and bicultural identity; these are available on request.
Date Publications/Presentations
2003 Phinney, J. Ethnic Identity and Acculturation. In K. Chun, P. Ball, & Marin, G. (Eds.), Acculturation: Advances in theory, measurement, and applied research (pp. 63-81) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
2002 Phinney J., & Ong, A. Adolescent-parent disagreements and life satisfaction in families from Vietnamese and European American backgrounds. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 26, 556-561.
2002 Phinney, J. & Flores, J. "Unpackaging acculturation": Aspects of acculturation as predictors of traditional sex role attitudes. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 33, 319-330
2001 Phinney, J., Romero, I., Nava, M., & Huang, D. The role of language, parents, and peers in ethnic identity among adolescents in immigrant families. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 30, 135-153.
2001 Phinney, J., Horenczyk, G., Liebkind, K., & Vedder, P. Ethnic identity, immigration, and well-being: An interactional perspective. Journal of Social Issues, 57, 493-510.
2000 Phinney, J., Madden, T., & Ong, A. Cultural values and intergenerational value discrepancies in immigrant and non-immigrant families. Child Development, 71, 528-539.
2000 Phinney, J. Identity formation across cultures: The interaction of personal, societal, and historical change. Human Development, 43, 27-31.
2000 Phinney, J. Ethnic identity. In A. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology (Vol. 3, pp. 255-259). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
1998 Phinney, J., & Landin, J. Research paradigms for studying ethnic minority families within and across groups. In V. Mcloyd & L. Steinberg (Eds.), Conceptual and methodological issues in the study of minority adolescents and their families. (pp. 89-109) Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
1998 Phinney, J., Madden, T., & Santos, L. Psychological variables as predictors of perceived discrimination among minority and immigrant adolescents. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 937-953.
1997 Phinney, J., Ferguson, D., & Tate, J. Intergroup attitudes among ethnic minority adolescents: A causal model.Child Development, 68, 955-969
1997 Phinney, J., & Devich-Navarro, M. Variations in bicultural identification among African American and Mexican American adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 7, 3-32.
1996 Phinney, J. When we talk about american ethnic groups, what do we mean? American Psychologist, 51, 918-927
1996 Phinney, J., & Alipuria, L. At the interface of cultures: Multi-ethnic/multiracial high school and college students. Journal of Social Psychology, 136, 139-158.
1995 Phinney, J., & Chavira V. Parental ethnic socialization and adolescent outcomes in ethnic minority families. Journal of Research on Adolescents, 5, 13-53.
1995 Phinney, J. Ethnic identity and self-esteem: A review and integration.In A. Padilla (Ed.) Hispanic Psychology: Critical Issues in Theory and Research, pp. 57-70. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
1992 Phinney, J. The Multi-group Ethnic Identity Measure: A new scale for use with adolescents and you adults from diverse groups. Journal of Adolescent Research, 7, 156-176.
1990 Phinney, J. Ethnic identity in adolescents and adults: A review of research. Psychological Bulletin, 108, 499-514.

Educational Background

Ph.D.,Psychology, June, 1973
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
B.A.,Foreign Language
Wellesley College
Wellesley, Massachusetts

Fall'04 Schedule Office Hours

Mon Tue Wen Thr Fri
  3:30-4pm   3:30-4pm  
  6-6:30pm   6-6:30pm  

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