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What makes youth harass their immigrant peers?: understanding the risk factors
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Developmental Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4568-2722
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Developmental Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7009-5955
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Developmental Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2016 (English)In: Journal of Early Adolescence, ISSN 0272-4316, E-ISSN 1552-5449, Vol. 36, no 5, p. 601-624Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

mmigrant youth are at risk of experiencing harassment in school; however, we have only limited understanding of what makes youth harass their peers on ground of their ethnic origin. To address this major limitation, we examined (a) whether youth’s negative attitudes toward immigrants impact their engagement in ethnic harassment over time and (b) whether youth’s impulsivity, their tendencies to engage in risky behaviors, and a chaotic surrounding school environment moderate the link between their negative attitudes toward immigrants and their involvement in ethnic harassment. The sample included 583 Swedish youth (Xage = 13.93, SD = .71). Youth with negative attitudes toward immigrants ethnically were found to harass their immigrant peers when they had high levels of impulsivity and violent tendencies. Contrary to our expectation, youth perceptions of school atmosphere did not act as a moderator. The present study highlights the importance of identifying risk factors to reach a comprehensive understanding of ethnic harassment.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 36, no 5, p. 601-624
Keywords [en]
ethnic harassment, impulsivity, violence, school atmosphere, and immigrant youth
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42328DOI: 10.1177/0272431615574887ISI: 000375707900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84965110091OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-42328DiVA, id: diva2:785224
Available from: 2015-02-02 Created: 2015-02-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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