Culture of Ambiguity: Implications for Self and Social by Sandra Leanne Bosacki (auth.), Sandra Leanne Bosacki (eds.)

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Ukrainian? Both? As one can imagine the numerous possibilities of this acculturation model and it will increase with complexity given the number of cultures within a family. As this particular example focuses on two of the models, there are 19 CHAPTER 1 many more complicated examples of multicultural families involving multiple cultural backgrounds, as well as considering how factors such as gender, age, level of education, financial status of the family among others may play a role in such models.

How do they learn to judge the limits of their own competencies such as their moral and emotional skills? Does a more developed sense of self and ability to conceptualize as a person lead to a great sense of insecurity and self-doubt surrounding an incoherent or ambiguous self? If there is no ambiguity in the absence of self-knowledge – how does this create the foundation for the development of self-compassion and the ability to work and be compassionate towards others? With the context of adolescence, as this developmental time is viewed by many theorists as a time of transition and stress which would entail ambiguity as the meanings of stress are multifaceted and multivalenced according to one’s interpretation.

Bandura explains this process of moral disengagement in terms of social cognitive theory, in which one’s moral behavior is a function of moral reasoning and the self-regulatory mechanism of self-monitoring, judgment, and selfreactions (Bandura, Barbaranelli, Caprara, & Pastoretti, 1996). This theory describes the cognitive processes by which moral disengagement (deactivation of internal controls) is used to justify behavior to self that is in violation of one’s internal moral standards. Bandura also states that while moral disengagement occurs in a social and cultural context, such social circumstances can possibly weaken internal selfregulatory mechanisms and may hinder the development of moral and emotional sense of well being.

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