The Relationship between Social Identities, Acculturation Strategies and the Psychological Well-Being of Young Russians in Latvia and Crimean Tatars in Crimea

23 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2019

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Ekaterina Kodja

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Tatiana Ryabichenko

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Date Written: November 28, 2019

Abstract

This cross-cultural study examines the role of social identities (ethnic, national and place) and acculturation strategies in the psychological well-being of young ethnic minorities in regions with different policies on minority integration - Russians in Latvia (N=109, age 16-24) and Crimean Tatars in Crimea (N=122, age 17-24). Results revealed the identities that promote psychological well-being of the young generation of these minorities. Ethnic identity predicts self-esteem in both groups and life satisfaction in Crimean Tatar youth. Place identity is positively related to life satisfaction of both groups. The national identity of ethnic minority youth predicts integration in both groups, while integration promotes self-esteem among Russian youth in Latvia only. The findings are discussed taking into account the historical, political and social context of Latvia and Crimea.

Keywords: ethnic minorities, social identities, acculturation strategies, subjective well-being

JEL Classification: F22

Suggested Citation

Kodja, Ekaterina and Ryabichenko, Tatiana, The Relationship between Social Identities, Acculturation Strategies and the Psychological Well-Being of Young Russians in Latvia and Crimean Tatars in Crimea (November 28, 2019). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 111/PSY/2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3495090 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3495090

Ekaterina Kodja (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Tatiana Ryabichenko

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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