Social Indicators Research

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 281-306

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Subjective Well-Being, Discrimination and Cultural Conflict: Iranians Living in The Netherlands

  • Maykel WerkuytenAffiliated withDepartment of Social Sciences University of Utrecht
  • , Shervin NekueeAffiliated withDepartment of Social Sciences University of Utrecht

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This study focuses on subjective well-being of Iranian refugees in the Netherlands. Relations with perceived discrimination and cultural conflict with life satisfaction, and positive and negative affect were examined. Additionally, the mediating role of self-esteem, mastery and ethnic identity was studied as well as demographic variables. A path model showed two pathways leading to well-being. In a first path perceived discrimination led to higher ethnic identification which had a negative effect on mastery, which in turn led to lower well-being. In a second path, cultural conflict had an indirect effect on negative affect via self-esteem, and a direct effect on positive affect and life satisfaction. Legal status, level of education, lenght of residence and number of family members in the country had an independent effect on different aspects of the path model.