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The Mediating Role of Identity Incompatibility in the Relationship between Perceived Discrimination and Acculturation Preferences in Two Generations of the Ethnic Russian Minority in the North Caucasus

European Journal of Developmental Psychology. 2018. Vol. 15. No. 1. P. 99-114.

The present study tested a model in which the perceived incompatibility of ethnic Russian and  regional North Caucasian identities mediates the relationship between perceived discrimination  and acculturation strategies in two generations of ethnic Russian minority members living in the  Kabardino-Balkar Republic, North Caucasus, Russian Federation. Two identities might be  perceived incompatible when they represent conflicting sets of norms and values and the two  communities may place competing demands on individual commitment and loyalty (Martinovic  & Verkuyten, 2012). We sampled 105 dyads from ethnic Russian families (youth: M = 18 years,  SD = 2.35, 48.6% female; parents: M = 43 years, SD = 6.97, 68.6% female). The questionnaire  included measures of perceived discrimination, perceived identity incompatibility, and  acculturation strategies. The results of multigroup path analysis showed that the perceived  identity incompatibility mediated the relationship between perceived discrimination and two  strategies, aimed at culture maintenance (integration and separation) in both generations. Identity  incompatibility is regarded as a psychological mechanism that explains the impact of perceived  discrimination on minority acculturation preferences in a multicultural region.