Perceived discrimination and psychological adjustment among Russian‐speaking immigrant adolescents in Finland

Authors:
Inga Jasinskaja‐Lahti, Karmela Liebkind
Published Online:
18 Oct 2010
DOI:
10.1080/00207590042000074
Pages:
174–185
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 36 Issue 3

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The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived discrimination and psychological adjustment among immigrant adolescents. The subjects were 170 Russian‐speaking adolescents, all born in the former Soviet Union, aged between 12 and 19 years, who immigrated to Finland between 1987 and 1996. According to the results, self‐esteem served as a major mediator between perceived discrimination and psychological adjustment. The adolescents' experiences of parental support influenced their perceptions of discrimination and enhanced their self‐esteem, especially among the boys. Adherence to traditional values increased experiences of parental support, and also directly enhanced psychological adjustment. In addition, experiences of paternal support were found to be the most important for the boys, whereas experiences of maternal support were important for the girls.

Le but de cette étude est d'examiner la relation entre la discrimination perçue et l'ajustement psychologique chez les adolescents immigrés. Les sujets sont des adolescents russophones, âgés entre 12 et 19 ans, tous nés en ex‐Union Soviétique, et immigrés en Finlande entre 1987 et 1996. Selon les résultats, l'estime de soi sext comme principal médiateur entre la discrimination perçue et l'ajustement psychologique. Le soutien parental perçu par les adolescents influence leur perception de la discrimination et rehausse leur estime de soi, spécialement chez les garçons. L'adhésion aux valeurs traditionnelles augmente le vécu du soutien parental, et rehausse aussi directement l'ajustement psychologique. De plus, le vécu du soutien paternel est le plus important pour les garçons, tandis que le vécu du soutien maternel est important pour les filles.

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