Universität Bielefeld

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Institute for
Interdisciplinary Research
on Conflict and Violence

Integration, Interaction, and the Development of Prejudices and a Propensity for Violence in Youths

Short description
The project was designed to monitor German, Turkish, and Aussiedler youths who have to cope with the status passage from school to vocational training and from there into work. The project was a true longitudinal survey. Overall, it succeeded in obtaining longitudinal data for five years (2001 to 2005) from 963 Aussiedler (ethnic German migrants from the former Soviet Union), 406 juveniles of Turkish origin, and 1,244 juveniles of German origin. The project was mainly interested in explaining the consequences over time of deficient integration processes in terms of the extent and development of ethnically and culturally motivated prejudices, violent attitudes, and the young people's willingness to enter into violent confrontation with members of the other groups. The project findings made it clear that, in the tenth grade at school, juveniles of Turkish origin started off at a disadvantage in terms of the type of school in which they were placed, and that this situation was not essentially rectified during the further course of their schooling and vocational training. As regards the target construct concerning mutual perception, there was an obvious asymmetry to the disadvantage of Turkish juveniles. They are the most open-minded toward young people of other ethnic origins, yet experience the strongest rejection. Over time, there was a marked decline in the young people's use of violence. In contrast, as regards interethnic acceptance and rejection a comparatively stable pattern of mutual perceptions and assessments was noted.
Herr Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer
Frau Dr. Renate Möller
Herr Dr. Joachim Brüß
Frau Dipl.-Ök. Gisela Wiebke
Babka von Gostomski, Christian
Cooperation Partners
Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft
Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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