Patterns of cultural transition: Soviet and American Children in a New Environment

Ruth Tamar Horowitz, Vered Kraus

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A comparative study of the adjustment of immigrant students from the Soviet Union and from North America to the Israeli educational system reveals distinct differences between the two groups. The differences between the social environments in the countries of origin affect the pattern of adjustment both in school and society at large. Students from North America are age group-oriented whereas students from the Soviet Union are adult-oriented and place strong emphasis on the teacher-student relationship. As the orientation of the Israeli students resembles that of the American immigrant students rather than that of the Soviet immigrant students, the latter are confronted with a situation of dissonance resulting from the inconsistency between their adult-oriented values and the peer group-oriented values of the new environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-416
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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