Objectives: The present research investigates the associations between immigrants’ positive and negative contact with the majority group and their psychological well-being, as indicators of their psychosocial adjustment to the host society. Perceived personal discrimination and relative deprivation in comparison to the majority group are assessed as mediators of the associations between intergroup contact and psychological well-being. Methods: We conducted a three-wave longitudinal study with newcomer African immigrants living in Italy (N=240; 61.7% men) with age ranging from 18 to 40 years old. Results: Evidence showed that, across three waves, immigrants’ negative contact with Italian natives was longitudinally associated with lower well-being and positive intergroup contact. In turn, well-being was related to immigrants’ lower perceptions of relative deprivation across waves. Positive contact with Italian natives was not significantly associated with immigrants’ well-being, but it was associated with higher perceived relative deprivation, which was associated with lower well-being. Conclusions: Overall, the results provide insight into the links between differently valenced contact and the psychological well-being of newcomer immigrants. Furthermore, the findings address assumptions about the primacy of negative contact in undermining social attitudes and the important role of positive contact in promoting awareness of the disadvantaged group’s situation.

Kenfack, C. (2024). Positive and negative intergroup contact and newcomer immigrants’ psychological adjustment. CULTURAL DIVERSITY & ETHNIC MINORITY PSYCHOLOGY, First on line, 1362-1380 [10.1037/cdp0000634].

Positive and negative intergroup contact and newcomer immigrants’ psychological adjustment

Prati F.
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Christ O.;Hewstone M.;Moscatelli S.;Rubini M.
2024

Abstract

Objectives: The present research investigates the associations between immigrants’ positive and negative contact with the majority group and their psychological well-being, as indicators of their psychosocial adjustment to the host society. Perceived personal discrimination and relative deprivation in comparison to the majority group are assessed as mediators of the associations between intergroup contact and psychological well-being. Methods: We conducted a three-wave longitudinal study with newcomer African immigrants living in Italy (N=240; 61.7% men) with age ranging from 18 to 40 years old. Results: Evidence showed that, across three waves, immigrants’ negative contact with Italian natives was longitudinally associated with lower well-being and positive intergroup contact. In turn, well-being was related to immigrants’ lower perceptions of relative deprivation across waves. Positive contact with Italian natives was not significantly associated with immigrants’ well-being, but it was associated with higher perceived relative deprivation, which was associated with lower well-being. Conclusions: Overall, the results provide insight into the links between differently valenced contact and the psychological well-being of newcomer immigrants. Furthermore, the findings address assumptions about the primacy of negative contact in undermining social attitudes and the important role of positive contact in promoting awareness of the disadvantaged group’s situation.
2024
Kenfack, C. (2024). Positive and negative intergroup contact and newcomer immigrants’ psychological adjustment. CULTURAL DIVERSITY & ETHNIC MINORITY PSYCHOLOGY, First on line, 1362-1380 [10.1037/cdp0000634].
Kenfack, C.S.K., Prati, F., Schaefer, S., Christ, O., Hewstone, M., Moscatelli, S., Rubini, M.
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