An introduction to the composition of the multi-site university study of identity and culture (MUSIC): A collaborative approach to research and mentorship

Robert S. Weisskirch, Byron L. Zamboanga, Russell D. Ravert, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Irene J K Park, Richard M. Lee, Seth J. Schwartz

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The Multi-Site University Study of Identity and Culture (MUSIC) is the product of a research collaboration among faculty members from 30 colleges and universities from across the United States. Using Katz and Martin’s (1997, p. 7) definition, the MUSIC research collaboration is “the working together of researchers to achieve the common goals of producing new scientific knowledge.” The collaboration involved more than just coauthorship; it served “as a strategy to insert more energy, optimism, creativity and hope into the work of [researchers]” (Conoley & Conoley, 2010, p. 77). The philosophy underlying the MUSIC collaborative was intended to foster natural collaborations among researchers, to provide opportunities for scholarship and mentorship for early career and established researchers, and to support exploration of identity, cultural, and ethnic/racial research ideas by tapping the expertise and interests of the broad MUSIC network of collaborators. In this issue, five research articles present innovative findings from the MUSIC datasets. There are two themes across the articles. Research is emerging about broadening the constructs and measures of acculturation and ethnic identity and their relation to health risk behaviors and psychosocial and mental health outcomes. The second theme is about the relationship of perceived discrimination on behavioral and mental health outcomes among immigrant populations.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalCultural Diversity Ethnic Minority Psychology
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction

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