What is it about?

The purpose of the present study is to examine Indian-American women’s experience of work engagement and contributions of self-identity acceptance, mental health, and workplace diversity climate. We surveyed 99 Indian-American women who lived in the United States since the age of eight years old and who endorsed dual cultural identities as a South Asian American woman. The results show that self-identity acceptance is positively related to work engagement through mediation of mental health. Implications of these results for future research, theory, and practice are discussed toward understanding and enhancing Indian-American women's self-acceptance, mental health, and work engagement.

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Why is it important?

Furthering the discussion of Asian Americans’ psychological well-being, the present study focuses on the unique experiences of Indian-American women’s identity-self acceptance and mental health as they contribute to their work engagement. The findings suggest that identity-self acceptance and mental health are key components that should be considered when promoting Indian-American women’s’ experience of work engagement.


As Indian American researchers ourselves, we aim to highlight an important narrative that has been hidden, undervalued, and overlooked for years. This study is the beginning step to what we hope encourages other researchers to conduct studies related to the unique experiences of individuals holding a dual cultural identity.

Neesha Daulat
William James College

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This page is a summary of: Examining Indian American women’s relationship to work engagement through self-identity acceptance and positive mental health., Asian American Journal of Psychology, April 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/aap0000279.
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