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Cultural identification, perceived discrimination and sense of community as predictors of life satisfaction among foreign partners of intercultural families in Italy and Spain: A transnational study

  • Autori: Moscato, G.; Novara, C.; Hombrados Mendieta, I.; Romano, F.; Lavanco, G.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2014
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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The  aim  of  this  paper  was  to  analyze  how  cultural  identification,  perceived  discrimination   and  the  sense  of  community  are  related  to  life  satisfaction  among  foreign  partners  in  intercultural   families.   The  study  compared  105  and  95  foreign  partners  in  mixed  families  resident  in  Italy  and  Spain,   respectively.  The  phenomenon  in  both  countries  displays  similar  sociodemographic  aspects.  In   contrast  to  Social  Identity  Theory,  the  results  show  that  in  both  groups  the  foreign  partner's   identification  with  their  own  ethnic-­‐cultural  group  is  not  associated  with  life  satisfaction,  nor  does  it   increase  perceived  discrimination.  In  turn,  increased  perceived  discrimination  leads  to  a  decreased   sense  of  community  and  life  satisfaction  among  foreigners.  Regarding  religion,  interreligious  couples  in   Italy  perceive  more  discrimination  than  mono-­‐religious  couples.  Finally,  we  found  that  a  low  sense  of   discrimination  and  a  strong  sense  of  community  is  related  to  life  satisfaction  among  mixed  families  in   both  groups.  The  implications  of  the  study  are  described  and  suggestions  for  future  research  discussed.