Ethnic Identity and Significant Social Environment: A Research on Russian-Speaking Youth in the Republic of Latvia

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Abstract

The paper describes a research on the correlation between the ethnic composition of one's significant social environment and his/her ethnic identity. The research was carried out in 2004—2006 in schools, colleges and universities in the Republic of Latvia. Young men and women aged 15 to 21 whose native language is Russian participated in the research. Both qualitative (interview) and quantitative (the Moreno Social Atom Test, content analysis, inventory, semantic differential) methods were used.According to the research findings, there is an indirect correlation between the ethnic composition of the significant social environment of an individual and his/her ethnic identity (both cognitive and affective components of the latter).

General Information

Keywords: ethnopsychology, ethic identity, significant social environment, ethnic differentiation characters, ethnicity, semantic differential

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2007030402

For citation: Khukhlaev O.E., Russita T.E. Ethnic Identity and Significant Social Environment: A Research on Russian-Speaking Youth in the Republic of Latvia. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2007. Vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 11–18. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2007030402. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Oleg E. Khukhlaev, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Acre, Israel, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4620-9534, e-mail: huhlaevoe@mgppu.ru

Tatyana E. Russita, Postgraduate Student, Chair of Ethnopsychology and Psychological Problems of Multicultural Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

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