Predictors of majority members’ acculturation preferences: Experimental evidence

Hanna Zagefka, Linda Kirsten Tip, Roberto Gonzalez, Rupert Brown, Marco Cinnirella

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A study was conducted to test experimentally whether majority members’ perceptions of which acculturation strategies minority members prefer would causally impact on majority members’ own acculturation preferences, especially their preference for integration. Participants (N = 113) were exposed to videos in which actors who posed as Pakistani minority members voiced different acculturation preferences (integration, assimilation, separation or control condition). Their views were presented as representative of their ethnic group. The effect of this on white British majority participants’ own acculturation preferences was measured. As expected, perceived acculturation preferences significantly impacted on own acculturation preferences. In line with predictions, participants’ level of prejudice significantly moderated these effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-659
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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