Chaereen Pak (COL ‘19), Ria Chhabra (COL ‘19) and I teamed up to work on a research project that investigates the primal world relationships between first generation and second generation immigrants. Primal world beliefs was coined by our research advisor Jeremy Clifton, which is the idea that we all have beliefs of the world as a whole, not just the specific things within it. We assessed both first and second generation Indians, Koreans and West Africans to see if primal world beliefs are differ or stay consistent across generations. Our main method of our study was a survey with items that not only assessed world beliefs but also family satisfaction, life satisfaction, level of acculturation, and Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model of Happiness.
Before taking on this research project, I didn’t understand the technicalities of how to conduct a research study from participant recruitment to analyzing data. Throughout my years at Penn, I’ve learned about various types and methods of studies as well as how to pose a hypothesis and come to a conclusion from it, but conducting this research project allowed hands on experience as an actual researcher.
Completing this project made me more aware of the lack of literature on immigrant families and more specifically, West African populations. There’s a need for more research to be conducted on a variety of underrepresented communities. This made me more compelled to succeed in our study because I know we’re contributing to a field of science that is aiming to understand lifestyles and relationships of a community of people that look like me.