Turks in Bulgaria and the Netherlands: a comparative study of their acculturation orientations and outcomes

Dimitrova, Radosveta, Chasiotis, Athanasios, Bender, Michael and van de Vijver, F.J.R. (2014) Turks in Bulgaria and the Netherlands: a comparative study of their acculturation orientations and outcomes. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 40 76-86. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2014.01.001


Author Dimitrova, Radosveta
Chasiotis, Athanasios
Bender, Michael
van de Vijver, F.J.R.
Title Turks in Bulgaria and the Netherlands: a comparative study of their acculturation orientations and outcomes
Journal name International Journal of Intercultural Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0147-1767
1873-7552
Publication date 2014-05
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2014.01.001
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Start page 76
End page 86
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This study compared Turkish ethnic minority groups in Bulgaria and the Netherlands by examining (a) differences in acculturation orientations (mainstream culture adoption and heritage culture maintenance) as well as psychological and sociocultural outcomes and (b) the relation of acculturation orientations and outcomes in a group that is involved in acculturation for a long term (Turkish-Bulgarian) as compared to a group that is more recently involved in acculturation (Turkish-Dutch). Participants were 391 Turkish adults (280 in Bulgaria and 111 in the Netherlands). Results showed that Turkish-Bulgarians were more strongly oriented toward their mainstream culture, whereas Turkish-Dutch showed a stronger orientation toward their Turkish heritage culture. Turkish-Bulgarians reported a lower degree of life satisfaction. A good fit was found for a multigroup path model in which mainstream culture adoption was related to life satisfaction for both groups in the same way. The more stigmatized Turkish-Bulgarian group was more focused on the mainstream culture than the less stigmatized Turkish-Dutch group, contrary to expectations. We conclude that extant acculturation models need to pay more systematic attention to local issues, such as the history of the immigrant group.
Keyword Acculturation
Psychological and sociocultural outcomes
Turkish-Bulgarian
Turkish-Dutch
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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