THE ARAB AND ISRAELI SOCIAL IDENTITIES OF ARAB ADOLESCENT BOYS AND GIRLS IN ISRAEL

Habib Jeries, Nasser Vfu, " Chernorizets Hrabar
unpublished
Two of the main social identities of Arabs in Israel are Arab and Israeli-they belong as part of the Arab world but also want to assimilate to the Israeli society. These two identities are often conflicting. Arab boys, but not girls, are socialized to assimilate to the Israeli society. In the current study, 271 Arab adolescents living in northern Israel rated the regard and salience they have for their Arab and Israeli identities. It was found that in both genders, the Arab identity was
more » ... dentity was perceived as significantly more important than their Israeli one. In addition, boys exhibited a higher regard of both of their identities and a higher salience of their Israeli identity-compared to girls. Both genders exhibited similar high salience of their Arab identity. In both genders, their regard for the Arab identity was negatively correlated to the salience of their Israeli society. However, only for boys a negative correlation was also found between their perceived salience of both these two identities.
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