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ERIC Number: EJ789888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 13
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ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
Perceived Discrimination and the Well-Being of Immigrant Adolescents
Mesch, Gustavo S.; Turjeman, Hagit; Fishman, Gideon
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v37 n5 p592-604 May 2008
This study draws on the social-discount and social-rejection hypotheses to examine the effect of perceived discrimination on immigrant youths' depressive moods, self-efficacy, and preferences for in-group socialization experiences. Data from a panel study of immigrant young adolescents (aged 12-18) who came to Israel from countries of the former Soviet Union during the preceding 6 years was used (n = 732). The average age of participants was 15.5 years; and 50% were boys. Partial support emerged for the social-rejection hypothesis: perceived discrimination increases depressive moods and reduces self-esteem. Yet increased perceived discrimination did not increase the preference for in-group socialization. Perceived discrimination seems to be detrimental to individuals' psychological well-being but apparently does not hinder social integration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; USSR