Inter-group and intra-group assertiveness: Adolescents' social skills following cultural transition

Anat Korem*, Gabriel Horenczyk, Moshe Tatar

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The goals of this study were to examine intra-group and inter-group assertiveness among adolescents, and to compare these two domains of assertiveness between cultural groups in Israel. Measures of intra-group and inter-group assertiveness were developed, and questionnaires were administrated to 441 immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU), 242 immigrants from Ethiopia and 333 non-immigrants. Compared to non-immigrants, FSU and Ethiopian immigrants' inter-group assertiveness was lower. Girls reported higher levels of inter-group assertiveness than boys. Each of the immigrant groups rates itself as equally assertive as the non-immigrant group and more assertive than the other immigrant group. Also, a difference between inter-group and intra-group assertiveness was found among the FSU immigrants. It is argued that adolescents' assertiveness following cultural transition is associated with socio-cultural context, and the implications of this conclusion are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)855-862
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Assertiveness
  • Immigrant adolescents
  • Social competence


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