Essay: Ethnic Identity
On the other hand, ethnic identity as a function of ethnic group has been considered for a better part of some researches. There are suggestions that process of choosing the culture or group to identify with, involves selecting best and desirable qualities to person’s environment.
Whereby, this is an important process of experiencing other cultures and self examination to a person identity development and greatly influence formation of a positive view about oneself. From initial work of identity development by Eriksson, (1959a), give today’s studies a theoretical foundation. More to this is examined correlation between cultural factors like ethnic identity and eating disorder prevalence (Harris, 1997). Who emphasize that identity confusion; such that when individual definition of beauty which initially was guided by a woman’s culture of origin differs from that of another culture may become problematic to the women and expose her to risk of developing eating disorders.