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ERIC Number: ED400945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 17
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The Handling of Conflict by Adolescent Female Youth: The Difference Made by Experiences in Acculturation.
Goebel, Kerstin
This study examined the cognitive representations of culture contact situations for second-generation immigrant and non-immigrant youth to identify differences between socially and individually oriented cultures. Subjects were 8 immigrant and 8 non-immigrant female secondary students with an average age of 17.44 years selected from 156 students of a German multicultural school; half of each group had an extreme individual or social orientation as assessed by a German version of the Indol Scale. The critical incidents technique was used to provoke statements about marriage decisions and conflict resolution strategies in a setting of culture-bound communication. Results indicated that both immigrant and non-immigrant students viewed love as an important reason for marriage, but non-immigrant students expected parents' influence to be minimal and immigrant students accepted and did not question parents' and normative influences. Only individually oriented non-immigrant students mentioned that peers had little impact on the individual, but other groups saw peers as an important influence. For socially oriented non-immigrants and individually oriented immigrants, peers are a frame of reference for the reflection of arguments. Socially oriented immigrant students preferred to avoid criticism. Non-immigrant students attempted to resolve conflict by persisting in their opinions in order to convince others. Immigrant students expected peers to give social support to the individual and saw family as highly influential through life. Non-immigrant and individually oriented immigrant students used primary control beliefs to handle conflict, whereas socially oriented immigrant students showed secondary control beliefs in handling conflicts and adapted individual needs to the family values. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany