Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2018

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. John Mitchell

Abstract

Newcomers to social groups may experience victimization depending on their ethnic background. The current study’s goal was to investigate whether ethnic minority newcomers to social groups are victimized more than newcomers who belong to ethnic majority. Eighty-one female participants completed several questionnaires about: ethnic background, victimization incidents, social support, personality traits, self-esteem, social anxiety and life satisfaction. Participants were divided based on whether they were newcomers and whether they belonged to an ethnic minority or ethnic majority. Newcomers who belong to ethnic majority were victimized more than ethnic minority, while newcomers belonging to ethnic minorities had significantly lower self-esteem and life satisfaction scores, and higher social anxiety. Results revealed a significant negative correlation between victimization and social support.

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