publication . Article . 2017

Protective or harmful? Exploring the ambivalent role of social identification as a moderator of intergroup stress in sojourners

Karen van Oudenhoven-van der Zee; Kinga Bierwiaczonek; Sven Waldzus;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2017 Journal: International Journal of Intercultural Relations, volume 60, pages 1-11 (issn: 0147-1767, Copyright policy)
Abstract Living outside one’s home country may be stressful, and having strong social ties should help deal with this stress. However, social ties may be protective or harmful depending on whether the social group they evoke belongs to the host- or the home country context. The current study examines how social identification with different groups may either buffer or aggravate the negative effects of two stressors (perceived discrimination and symbolic threat) on sojourner adaptation. Two hundred and twenty international students sojourning in nine different countries responded to an online questionnaire. As expected, adaptation was negatively predicted by both...
free text keywords: Cross-cultural adaptation, Ingroup identification, Intergroup threat, International students, Perceived discrimination, Social Psychology, Business and International Management, Sociology and Political Science, Psychological adaptation, Computer-assisted web interviewing, Social group, Sociocultural evolution, Stressor, Ambivalence, Psychology, Interpersonal ties, Moderation
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