The Intergenerational Effect of Maternal Multicultural Experience on Children’s Tolerance: An Example From Palestinians and Jews in Israel

Carmit T. Tadmor, Rony Berger, Alaina Brenick, Hisham Abu-Raiya, Joy Benatov

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Abstract

Although recent research has demonstrated the benefits of multicultural experience for reducing personal levels of intergroup bias, the potential for an intergenerational effect has yet to be explored. Using samples of Jewish-Israeli (Study 1a) and Palestinian-Israeli (Study 1b) mother–child dyads, we found that maternal multicultural experience was indirectly related to greater social tolerance among children via lower levels of maternal need for cognitive closure which, in turn, triggered higher levels of maternal social tolerance. These results show that when it comes to multicultural experience, its impact can extend beyond the self to also affect the next generation. Implications for developmental theories of prejudice acquisition and prejudice interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1342-1348
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • children
  • intergenerational transmission
  • intergroup tolerance
  • multicultural experiences
  • prejudice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology

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