Acculturation attitudes and sociocultural adjustment of sojourner youth in israel

Yohanan Eshel, Marianna Rosenthal-sokolov

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Among 300 Jewish sojourner youth (age range: 15–18 years) from the Russian Federation, the authors investigated associations of acculturation attitudes, measures of sociocultural adjustment, and length of the encounter with the host society, Israel. All the youth were participating in a 1-3-year program of high school studies in Israel. In the light of J. W. Berry's (1997) acculturation model, the authors examined the assumptions that the participants' adjustment to Israeli society would require readiness to abandon some of their previous identity and to adopt elements of a new identity characteristic of the host society. Lower degrees of separation and higher degrees of integration were positively linked with measures of sociocultural adjustment. The adjustment scores tended to decrease over time spent in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-691
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000


  • Acculturation
  • Adjustment
  • Israeli society
  • Sojourner youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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