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Unraveling ethnic density effects, acculturation, and adjustment: The case of Russian-speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union

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Unraveling ethnic density effects, acculturation, and adjustment: The case of Russian-speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union

Jurcik, Tomas, Yakobov, Esther, Solopieieva-Jurcikova, Liza, Ahmed, Rana, Sunohara, Momoka and Ryder, Andrew G. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3041-7168 (2015) Unraveling ethnic density effects, acculturation, and adjustment: The case of Russian-speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Journal of Community Psychology, 43 (5). pp. 628-648. ISSN 0090-4392

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.21708

Abstract

There has been limited advancement in the empirical literature unpacking the ethnic density effect, a social ecological phenomenon that may help explain some of the conflicting findings in bidimensional acculturation research. In this study, we developed a brief measure of perceived ethnic density in a community sample of Russian-speaking immigrants (N =269) in Montreal, Canada, finding it to be a superior predictor of distress to objective linguistic density. Acquiring social support partly mediated the relation between perceived ethnic density and lower distress. Furthermore, the relation between heritage acculturation and distress was double moderated by perceived ethnic density and time lived in the neighborhood.A person–ecology match involving heritage acculturation and ethnic density was related to better psychological adjustment for participants who had resided in their neighborhood for less than, but not more than, 2 years.Clinical and community research implications for using measures of perceived ethnic density and acculturation measurement are discussed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Jurcik, Tomas and Yakobov, Esther and Solopieieva-Jurcikova, Liza and Ahmed, Rana and Sunohara, Momoka and Ryder, Andrew G.
Journal or Publication:Journal of Community Psychology
Date:11 June 2015
Funders:
  • Fonds de la Recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1002/jcop.21708
ID Code:986763
Deposited By: EVELYNE DUSSAULT
Deposited On:04 Aug 2020 14:57
Last Modified:04 Aug 2020 14:57
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Jurcik, T., Yakobov, E., Solopieieva‐Jurcikova, L., Ahmed, R., Sunohara, M., & Ryder, A. G. (2015). Unraveling ethnic density effects, acculturation, and adjustment: The case of Russian‐Speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(5), 628-648.
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