Date of Award

January 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Justin D. McDonald


The current study is a cross-sectional examination of the relationships between American Indian cultural identification, individualistic coping, collectivistic coping, and life satisfaction. Specifically, the purpose of this study was to examine whether collectivistic and individualistic coping styles mediated the relationship between American Indian cultural identification (high cultural identification vs. low cultural identification) and life satisfaction. In other words, this study sought to understand if traditional American Indian culture provides any unique buffering effects against stress via coping styles. Several regressions were run on the mediation model which suggested no significant relationship between American Indian cultural identification and life satisfaction. These results are inconsistent with previous findings on how cultural identification relates to life satisfaction.