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Multiple Identity Acculturation and Psychological Well-Being of Ingush Migrants in Moscow

Student: Ekaterina Shalunova

Supervisor: Zarina Lepshokova

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Applied Social Psychology (Master)

Final Grade: 7

Year of Graduation: 2018

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between multiple identities, acculturation strategies and psychological well-being of Ingush migrants in Moscow (N=201). Ingush people are typical representatives of migrants from republics of North Caucasus with a big cultural distance with the host society of Moscow. The difference in traditions, values and religion makes migrants face a lot of problems during the adaptation. The participants of the study are Ingush migrants currently living in Moscow (N=201, M = 23 years, SD = 4.77; 51% female). The questionnaire included measures of Berry’s acculturation strategies; ethnic, civil, religious, vainakh and regional (caucasian) identities; sociocultural adaptation; Life satisfaction and Self-esteem. The results show, that multiple social identity of Ingush migrants consists of vainakh identity on the first place, ethnic, caucasian, religious and civil identity on the last place. Ethnic identity positively relates with Self-esteem, religious identity is positive with sociocultural adaptation; civil identity correlates with sociocultural adaptation and Life satisfaction. Ingush people prefer integration among others strategies. Integration strategy has positive relationship with civil and vainakh identities; it is also positive with Life satisfaction. Separation strategy positively relates with civil and vainakh identities. Assimilation strategy has positive relations with ethnic and civil identities.

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