Acculturation discrepancies and well-being: The moderating role of conformity

Sonia Roccas*, Gabriel Horenczyk, Shalom H. Schwartz

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This study examines associations of immigrants' well-being with the discrepancies they perceive between their own acculturation attitudes and the acculturation expectations of members of the host society. A hundred immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union reported their personal value priorities, their satisfaction with life, their attitudes towards acculturation, and their beliefs about what members of the dominant society require of them. The immigrants believed that Israelis want them to relinquish their distinctive identity and to assimilate more than they themselves wish to do. As hypothesized, perceived pressure to assimilate correlated negatively with life satisfaction only among those who value conformity, but not among others.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)323-334
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000


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