Come abroad with me: the role of partner characteristics and couple acculturation gaps on individual psychological adjustment

Rapaport, Maylys; Doucerain, Marina M. et Gouin, Jean-Philippe (2021). « Come abroad with me: the role of partner characteristics and couple acculturation gaps on individual psychological adjustment ». Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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Although many individuals migrate to a new country with their romantic partner, most acculturation research has focused on individual factors related to migration-related psychological adjustment without considering couple influences. The current research investigates traditional predictors of psychological adaptation – mainstream and heritage acculturation, motivation to migrate, and perceived discrimination – from the perspective of both migrants and their partners. Participants were 151 French migrant couples (n = 302) living in Canada. We conducted mixed-effects regression analyses (HLM) predicting psychological adaptation within an actor-partner interdependence modelling framework. In line with past results, actors’ motivation to migrate and mainstream acculturation were positively associated with psychological adaptation, whereas perceived discrimination was negatively associated with it. Contrary to our hypotheses, the actor’s heritage acculturation was negatively associated with psychological adaptation. Above and beyond these individual level predictors, our results revealed a positive effect of partner’s motivation to migrate and a negative effect of partner’s perceived discrimination. Finally, acculturation gaps were significantly associated with psychological adaptation. Mainstream acculturation gaps seem to be detrimental to migrants’ psychological adaptation, whereas heritage acculturation gaps were associated with greater psychological adaptation. These findings underscore the necessity to better understand how romantic relationship dynamics following migration play out in individual-level migration outcomes.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Acculturation gap; psychological adjustment; migrants couples; acculturation orientation; motivation to migrate
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences humaines > Département de psychologie
Déposé par: Mme Marina Doucerain
Date de dépôt: 21 janv. 2022 10:40
Dernière modification: 21 janv. 2022 10:40
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