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Psychological Well-Being and Brokerage in Friendship Networks of Young Swedes

Författare:
  • Gerald Mollenhorst
  • Christofer Edling
  • Jens Rydgren
Publiceringsår: 2015
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 897-917
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Social Indicators Research
Volym: 123
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Springer

Abstract english

All ethnic groups have norms and values according to which one is expected to behave. Immigrants in particular have personal networks that simultaneously consist of co-ethnics and friends of a different ethnic background. As a consequence, they may be accustomed to the behavior, norms, and values of their own ethnic group, and also be expected to behave according to those of another ethnic group. This may either lead to ego-gratification and the strengthening and enrichment of their personality, or to feelings of stress and non-acceptance if they cannot behave fully in accordance with the expectations of their friends. This study addresses the association between interethnic open triads in networks (i.e., brokerage) and individual psychological well-being. That is, we examine whether having intra-ethnic and interethnic relationships with friends who are not also friends with each other, is either positively or negatively associated with psychological well-being. Using (network) data from a large sample (N = 2,942; age = 19) of native Swedes and first- and second-generation immigrants from former Yugoslavia and Iran (all born in 1990 and currently living in Sweden), we show that interethnic brokerage is negatively associated with psychological well-being, which implies that the different norms, values and corresponding behaviors that prevail in different ethnic groups to which the ethnic broker is connected may result in internal and external conflicts, to feelings that one is not fully accepted by any of these groups, and ultimately to a lower level of psychological well-being.

Keywords

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • interethnic relationships
  • brokerage
  • psychological well-being
  • triads
  • friendships
  • personal networks
  • sociology
  • sociologi

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  • ISSN: 0303-8300
Christofer Edling
E-post: christofer.edling [at] soc.lu.se

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Jag disputerade 1999 vid Stockholms Universitet (Essays on Social Dynamics, 1998) med Peter Hedström som handledare. Mellan 2002 och 2005 var jag Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow vid Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) i Uppsala.

2003 blev jag docent i sociologi, och 2004 universitetslektor, vid Stockholms Universitet, där jag var prefekt vid Sociologiska institutionen 2006 till 2008.

Jag flyttade till en professur vid Jacobs University Bremen i Tyskland 2008 och rekryterades till Lunds universitet som professor 2012.

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