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Publication . Other literature type . Article . 2020

Can I Be Myself Around Natives?

Feelings of Inauthenticity Mediate the Relationship Between Perceived Discrimination and Tendencies to Avoid Friendships With Natives Among Refugees in Germany
Christina Anna Bauer; Bettina Hannover;
Open Access
Published: 01 Nov 2020 Journal: Social Psychology, volume 51, pages 396-407 (issn: 1864-9335, eissn: 2151-2590, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Hogrefe Publishing Group
Country: Germany

Abstract. The social integration of the ever-growing number of refugees in receiving societies is of major importance. Perceived discrimination has been found to predict fewer friendships with natives over time. But what short-term mechanisms explain this effect? In a sample of 115 refugees living in Germany we (i) replicated the long-term discrimination-social-integration relationship, (ii) found short-term associations between discrimination and affective, motivational, and behavioral tendencies not to befriend natives, and (iii) showed authenticity to mediate this short-term relationship: with increasing discrimination, refugees felt less like they could show their authentic selves around natives, which in turn impaired tendencies to befriend natives. Discrimination may impede the formation of interethnic friendships by instilling feelings of inauthenticity. Implications for prevention measures are discussed.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Time perception Feeling media_common.quotation_subject media_common Refugee Social psychology Friendship Reflexive pronoun Psychology Social integration


General Psychology, Sociology and Political Science, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Social Psychology, 301, refugees, authenticity, discrimination, friendships, social integration, 300 Sozialwissenschaften::300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie::301 Soziologie, Anthropologie

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