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Linking Adolescent Subculture with Attitudes Towards Immigrants: Do Peer Crowds Have Any Role to Play?
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Att länka ungdomskultur med attityder mot invandrare: Spelar ungdomars subgrupperingar någon roll? (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine whether adolescents’ self-identification with peer crowds at school was related to their attitudes towards immigrants. The study was based on a sample of Swedish adolescents (N = 905; Mage = 14.08, SD = .95). The findings revealed that affiliation with particular peer crowds at school was linked to tolerant attitudes towards immigrants. Specifically, it was found that when adolescents perceived themselves as a part of Radical or Mainstream peer crowds they tend to have higher tolerance towards immigrants. At the same time, no significant effects were found with regard to adolescents who perceived themselves to belong to peer crowds within Counterculture. Furthermore, no significant links were found between affiliation with peer crowds and prejudice towards immigrants. The results of the study suggest that tolerance and prejudice should be studied as separate constructs, and highlights the important role of peer crowds as potential determinants of attitudes towards immigrants. 

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka huruvida ungdomars subgrupperingar spelade roll när det kom till ungdomars attityder gentemot invandrare. Studien baserades på ett urval av svenska ungdomar (N = 905; Mage = 14.08, SD = .95).   I studien upptäcktes att ungdomars subgrupperingar i skolan var länkat till tolerans gentemot invandrare. Specifikt, så upptäcktes att ungdomar som såg sig själv inom subgrupperingarna Radical och Mainstream tenderade att ha högre tolerans. Samtidigt så fanns det inga signifikanta effekter att hitta när det kom till ungdomar som såg sig själv tillhöra subgrupperingen Counterculture. Vidare så upptäcktes inga signifikanta relationer mellan ungdomars subgrupperingar och fördomsfullhet gentemot invandrare. Resultatet av studien föreslår att tolerance och prejudice borde studeras som två separata termer, och lyfter fram vikten av ungdomars subgrupperingar som potentiella faktorer kring attityder gentemot invandrare.

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2018. , p. 21
Keywords [en]
attitudes, peer crowd, adolescents, tolerance, prejudice.
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-67645DiVA, id: diva2:1229871
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Psykologi
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