Connected and satisfied. The relationship between ethnic connectedness, life satisfaction and ethnic school composition among adolescents from nine ethnic groups.

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Abstract

For young people with a migration background it has never been easier to create and maintain a bond with their country of origin (further: feelings of ethnic connectedness). Previous research has already revealed the importance of such feelings of ethnic connectedness for (young) people's subjective well-being. In this study we investigate whether the relationship between the presence and the degree of ethnic connectedness and life satisfaction is moderated by the ethnic school composition. We study this relationship by performing multilevel analyses on 2091 adolescents (aged 14–18 years old) from nine different ethnic groups. Our results shed light on the importance of the ethnic composition of the school in two ways. First, the proportion of adolescents from one's own ethnic group at school is related to higher life satisfaction. Second, the relationship between life satisfaction and the presence of ethnic connectedness is moderated by the extent to which schools are ethnically diverse. More specifically, ethnically diverse schools have a positive influence on the life satisfaction of young people who feel connected to their ethnic group, whereas ethnic diversity at school is negatively related to life satisfaction among young people who do not feel connected to their ethnic group. In the conclusion we elaborate on the implications of our findings.

Translated title of the contributionVerbonden en tevreden. : De relatie tussen etnische verbondenheid, levenstevredenheid en etnische schoolsamenstelling bij jongeren uit negen etnische groepen
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-261
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume80
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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