Motivation for Ethno-Cultural Continuity as a Predictor of Acculturation and Adaptation in Two Generations of Latvian Russians

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Tatiana Ryabichenko

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Nadezhda Lebedeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: November 30, 2015

Abstract

The paper presents the results of empirical research on the relationship of motivation for ethno-cultural continuity and strategies of acculturation of the Russian minority in Latvia. We sampled 112 Russian families (parents: N=112, age 35-59, Me=42; adolescents: N=112, age 16-24, Me=17). A questionnaire included measures of motivation for ethno-cultural continuity, acculturation strategies, sociocultural adaptation and self-esteem. Using structural equation modeling we revealed that motivation for ethno-cultural continuity, assimilation strategy, self-esteem and sociocultural adaptation of parents are significantly related to those of their children. We found positive relationships of motivation for ethno-cultural continuity with a strategy of integration and self-esteem among parents, and of motivation for ethno-cultural continuity and self-esteem among children. Motivation for ethno-cultural continuity of adolescents associates with their preference for separation. Integration positively relates to self-esteem and sociocultural adaptation, while assimilation, marginalization and separation strategies relate negatively to self-esteem in both generations.

Keywords: motivation for ethno-cultural continuity, acculturation, adaptation, ethnic minorities, integration, well-being

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Ryabichenko, Tatiana and Lebedeva, Nadezhda, Motivation for Ethno-Cultural Continuity as a Predictor of Acculturation and Adaptation in Two Generations of Latvian Russians (November 30, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 47/PSY/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2696908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2696908

Tatiana Ryabichenko

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
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Nadezhda Lebedeva (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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