Cultural Involvement and Cultural Preference of Ahiska Turks in the United States

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 16:15
Location: Hörsaal 33 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Abdurrahim GULER, Hacettepe University, Turkey
The main purpose of this study is to understand acculturation process and psychological well-being of Ahiska (Meskhetian) Turks in the United States by examining  the effects of ethnic identity, acculturation, satisfaction with life, mood states, discrimination, coping strategies, length of residence in the United States, religiosity and certain demographic characteristics such as gender, age, completed education level, and SES. The data has being gathered from Ahiska Turkish refugee immigrants in Jacksonville, Florida, US.  In this study, acculturation process assumes as bi-dimensional which is not a zero-sume game. There will be used logistic regressions for acculturation process (cultural preference and cultural involvement) and ANOVAs for psychological well-being to analyze the associates and statistical significance between variables. The result will show how ethnic identity, satisfaction with life, discrimination, length of residence, religiosity, and demographic characteristics affect cultural involvement (integration-marginalization) and cultural preference (separation-assimilation) of Ahiska Turks and how cultural involvement and preference affect psychological well-being.