The mediating role of identity incompatibility in the relationship between perceived discrimination and acculturation preferences in two generations of the ethnic Russian minority in the North Caucasus

Z. Lepshokova, N. Lebedeva, Fons van de Vijver

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Abstract

The present study tested a model in which the perceived incompatibility of ethnic Russian and regional North Caucasian identities mediates the relationship between perceived discrimination and acculturation strategies in two generations of ethnic Russian minority members living in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, North Caucasus, Russian Federation. Two identities might be perceived incompatible when they represent conflicting sets of norms and values and the two communities may place competing demands on individual commitment and loyalty. We sampled 105 dyads from ethnic Russian families (youth: M = 18 years, SD = 2.35, 48.6% female; parents: M = 43 years, SD = 6.97, 68.6% female). The questionnaire included measures of perceived discrimination, perceived identity incompatibility, and acculturation strategies. The results of multigroup path analysis showed that the perceived identity incompatibility mediated the relationship between perceived discrimination and two strategies, aimed at culture maintenance (integration and separation) in both generations. Identity incompatibility is regarded as a psychological mechanism that explains the impact of perceived discrimination on minority acculturation preferences in a multicultural region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • ADAPTATION
  • ADJUSTMENT
  • Acculturation
  • IDENTIFICATION
  • IMMIGRANTS
  • MUSLIMS
  • North Caucasus
  • POWER
  • SAMPLE-SIZE
  • ethnic Russians minority
  • identity incompatibility
  • perceived discrimination

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