Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

Canada, immigrants, visible minorities, sense of mastery, sense of control

Abstract

A sense of mastery or control is an essential life skill for persons to be able to deal with everyday challenges. Comparing the sense of mastery between immigrants and native-born Canadians using the 2008 General Social Survey (GSS-2008) data set, we seek to understand whether being an immigrant, particularly a visible minority immigrant, predicts lower levels of sense of control over life chances. The findings demonstrate that being born outside of Canada lowered the scores on the mastery scale for both Whites and visible minorities; however, the penalty of being a visible minority and an immigrant was much higher.

Comments

16 September 2016: At the time of publication, Sheridan College author Ferzana Chase was associated with York University.

Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

School

School of Community Studies

Journal

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies

Version

Post-print

Peer Reviewed/Refereed Publication

yes

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Original Publication Citation

Chaze, F., & Robson, K. (2014). In control of life chances? Visible minority immigrants and sense of mastery. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 12(3), 161-171. doi:10.1080/15562948.2013.816403

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