Assimilation or Integration: the role of self-affirmation values



This study examines the role of ethnic minorities’ values in preferences for different acculturation strategies. We used Berry’s bidimensional model of acculturation, and Schwartz’s refined theory of 19 basic values. We hypothesized that individual values associate with acculturation preferences of ethnic minorities’. The sample consisted of two groups of adolescents, Russians and Poles, aged from 15 to 21 years old (N = 298). Using k-means clustering we assigned participants in four acculturation clusters: in- tegration, assimilation, marginalization, and separation. Profiles, which correspond to the four Schwartz higher-order values across clusters and groups, were compared through ANOVA measures. The analysis has shown that participants in the assimilation cluster scored significantly higher on Self-Enhancement than participants in the integration cluster. The article was prepared within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and supported within the framework of a subsidy by the Russian Academic Excellence Project '5-100'.

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Keywords: acculturation preferences, Schwartz’ values, ethnic minorities

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Ryabichenko T.A. Assimilation or Integration: the role of self-affirmation values. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2016. Vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 93–104. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2016070307. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Tatiana A. Ryabichenko, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, NNational Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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