A longitudinal study of the effects of discrimination on the acculturation strategies of international students

Ramos, Miguel R., Cassidy, Clare, Reicher, Stephen and Haslam, S. Alexander (2016) A longitudinal study of the effects of discrimination on the acculturation strategies of international students. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47 3: 401-420. doi:10.1177/0022022116628672


Author Ramos, Miguel R.
Cassidy, Clare
Reicher, Stephen
Haslam, S. Alexander
Title A longitudinal study of the effects of discrimination on the acculturation strategies of international students
Journal name Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-5422
0022-0221
Publication date 2016-04-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0022022116628672
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 401
End page 420
Total pages 20
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract The current study investigated the impact of discrimination on the acculturation strategies of international students in the United Kingdom. In a longitudinal study that followed students (N = 113) for 1 year, the authors drew on social identity theory to understand the processes by which discrimination affects their acculturation strategies. Specifically, the study examined an indirect effect by which perceived discrimination affects acculturation strategies through perceived permeability of group boundaries. Results showed that perceiving discrimination is associated with a perceived lack of permeability, which in turn results in avoiding the host society and simultaneously endorsing one’s own cultural background. Implications for international students and other cultural groups are discussed.
Keyword Perceived discrimination
Acculturation strategies
Social identity theory
Permeability of group boundaries
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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