Criteria of sociocultural adjustment: The case of the Russian Community in Israel since 1989

Sabina Lissitsa, Yochanan Peres

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This research focuses on criteria for evaluating the success of sociocultural adjustment among immigrants in the target society. The major research objective is to clarify whether the desired outcome of integration as described by immigrants from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and natives (Israelis) reflects the same or different models of sociocultural adjustment. Representative samples of immigrants and long-time Israelis completed a 67-item questionnaire where each item represented a criterion of sociocultural adjustment. These items were organized by factor analysis into 12 spheres of sociocultural adjustment (e.g., psychological, economical, educational, etc.). The immigrants preferred the selected acculturation model of sociocultural adjustment: selective adoption of the target culture while maintaining an affinity to the native one. In comparison, the host Israelis favored an integrative model: general (unselective) adoption of the new culture and preservation of an affinity to the native one.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-212
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Immigration
  • Multiculturalism
  • Sociocultural adjustment criteria
  • Sociocultural adjustment model


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