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The Effects of Intergroup Climate on Immigrants’ Acculturation Preferences

Christ, Oliver, Asbrock, Frank, Dhont, Kristof, Pettigrew, Thomas F., Wagner, Ulrich (2013) The Effects of Intergroup Climate on Immigrants’ Acculturation Preferences. Zeitschrift fur psychologie - Journal of Psychology, 221 (4). pp. 252-257. ISSN 2190-8370. E-ISSN 2151-2604. (doi:10.1027/2151-2604/a000155) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:42826)

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The effect of the intergroup climate on acculturation preferences among host-majority and immigrant group members has been long acknowledged in the acculturation literature. Only recently, however, research has started to directly examine the effect of the intergroup climate on acculturation preferences. In the present research, we aimed to contribute to this new and important line of research by adopting a multilevel approach to examine the effect of the intergroup climate (social context level of analysis) on immigrants’ acculturation preferences

(individual level of analysis) over and above individual-level predictors of acculturation preferences. Based on recent cross-sectional survey data from Germany, we examined the acculturation preferences (cultural maintenance and maintenance of intergroup relations) of members of immigrant groups (immigrants from non-Western countries; N_individual level = 317) living in different districts in Germany (N_district-level = 179). On the social context level, we used the mean prejudice- and acculturation preferences-scores of the German respondents (N = 3,495) as proxies for the intergroup climate within these districts. Results of multilevel path analysis showed that on the context level, a negative intergroup climate (i.e., a higher amount of prejudice of the German respondents within the districts) was related to a stronger desire for cultural maintenance among the immigrants. The potential implications of a hostile intergroup climate for the acculturation process are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000155
Uncontrolled keywords: migration; acculturation preferences; intergroup relations; multilevel approach; Germany
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 09:16 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2023 10:02 UTC
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