Interpersonal bonds with fellow nationals, blind patriotism and preference for immigrants' acculturation

Finell, E. and Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, 2022. Interpersonal bonds with fellow nationals, blind patriotism and preference for immigrants' acculturation. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. ISSN 0036-5564

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Strong interpersonal bonds between group members have been found to either increase intergroup antipathy or improve intergroup attitudes, depending on the intergroup situation. However, the question of whether close ties with fellow group members can contribute positively and negatively to intergroup attitudes at the same time remains unexplored. We explore this question in the context of a national group taking the example of Finns’ acculturation attitudes toward immigrants. One adolescent sample (N = 401) and one adult student sample (N = 285) completed surveys assessing these factors. Across both studies, strong interpersonal bonds with fellow nationals showed a negative effect on acculturation attitudes toward immigrants via an increase in blind patriotism. At the same time, interpersonal bonds also had a direct and positive effect on attitudes toward contact with Finns and (among younger respondents only) attitudes toward cultural maintenance. Our results indicate that the strength of interpersonal bonds with fellow nationals has simultaneous and opposing associations with acculturation attitudes via a combination of direct and indirect pathways. Based on these results we argue that groups can be simultaneously both caring and moral communities.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Creators: Finell, E. and Stevenson, C.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 31 March 2022
ISSN: 0036-5564
Rights: © 2022 The Authors. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology published by Scandinavian Psychological Associations and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 14 Apr 2022 10:06
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2022 10:06

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