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The role of acculturation attitudes in the relationships of different types of social identity with the psychological wellbeing of ethnic minorities

On September 28 Ryabichenko T. took part in the "Culture matters" research seminar with the report on "The role of acculturation attitudes in the relationships of different types of social identity with the psychological wellbeing of ethnic minorities".

In the study was tested the models linking different types of identity (ethnic identity, civil identity, and place identity) with indicators of the psychological wellbeing of Russians in Latvia. The author assumed that acculturation attitudes may be mediators in these relationships.

320 Russians living in Latvia aged from 16 to 85 took part in the study. Using path analysis, both direct and indirect relationships between different types of identity and indicators of psychological wellbeing were discovered. Analysis of indirect relationships showed that in the case of civil identity and place identity, a positive effect is achieved through the reduction of facilities for separation and increasing of the preference for integration, and in the case of ethnic identity, by reducing the assimilation attitude.