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Journal of International Migration and Integration

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 1251–1269 | Cite as

Reluctance to Use Host Social Services by Ethnic Minorities: The Role of Consensual Separation, Threat to Heritage Culture and Misunderstanding of the Host Society Language

  • Michaël DambrunEmail author
  • Anne Taillandier
  • Florence Loose
  • Christelle Maisonneuve
  • Esther Gras
  • Isabelle Tourret
  • Dominique Uhlen
Article

Abstract

The main goal of this study was to examine the relationships between two types of separation orientations, namely forced and consensual separation, and the use of French social service community centers. Participants were two groups of young women, both members of ethnic minorities: Turkish (n = 42) and North African (n = 41). The results showed that young Turkish women were more oriented towards consensual separation than young North African women. Preference for a separation strategy was positively associated with both the perception of a threat to heritage culture and difficulties in understanding the language of the social workers. The more participants perceived social workers as a source of threat to their heritage culture and as speaking a language they had difficulty understanding, the less frequently they made use of the services offered at the community centers. Socio-demographic variables such as education level and marital status were found to play a significant role in these findings.

Keywords

Consensual separation Threat to heritage culture Host social services 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaël Dambrun
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anne Taillandier
    • 2
  • Florence Loose
    • 3
  • Christelle Maisonneuve
    • 4
  • Esther Gras
    • 1
  • Isabelle Tourret
    • 5
  • Dominique Uhlen
    • 5
  1. 1.Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, UFR de PsychologieClermont-FerrandFrance
  2. 2.Université de ToursToursFrance
  3. 3.IUT Montpellier SèteSèteFrance
  4. 4.Université de Rennes, CRPCC/LAUREPSRennesFrance
  5. 5.Mission locale de ThiersThiersFrance

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