Anger communication in bicultural adolescents.

S. Novin, C. Rieffe

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Little is known about bicultural adolescents' emotional competence. The aim of the present study was to examine anger communication by comparing thirty-eight 16-year-old Moroccan-Dutch adolescents with 40 Dutch and 40 Moroccan peers using hypothetical anger-eliciting vignettes. Findings show that although Moroccan and Dutch adolescents were equally likely to feel angry, they differed in their anger communication in accordance with their cultural models: Moroccan adolescents were more likely to express their anger indirectly than their Dutch counterparts, whereas Dutch adolescents were more likely to react directly or aggressively. Critically, the anger communication styles of the Moroccan-Dutch youngsters fell in between the two monocultural groups. © 2011 Society for Research on Adolescence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-88
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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