Antecedents of intra/intergroup friendships and stress levels among ethnic and religious minority members

Hanna Zagefka, Abdinasir Mohamed, Gehad Mursi, Siugmin Lay Martinez

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Two studies tested a model, whereby, identification with the minority group was predicted to impact on acculturation preferences, which in turn were proposed to impact involvement in intragroup friendships with other minority members, intergroup friendships with majority members and stress experienced by minority members. A direct path from minority identification to stress was also included in the model. The model was tested using structural equation modelling on survey data collected from Muslim women (N = 250) and from Somali minority members (N = 198) in Britain. Results supported predictions and revealed that identification was associated with more culture maintenance preference and less culture adoption preference. Culture maintenance preference was associated with involvement in intragroup friendships, and culture adoption preference was associated with involvement in intergroup friendships and increased stress. Practical applications of the findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-411
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Early online date4 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

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