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Children of Ethnic Intermarriage in Israeli Schools: Are They Marginal?

Abraham Yogev and Haia Jamshy
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 45, No. 4 (Nov., 1983), pp. 965-974
DOI: 10.2307/351810
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351810
Page Count: 10
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Children of Ethnic Intermarriage in Israeli Schools: Are They Marginal?
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Abstract

The conventional notion that the offspring of ethnic intermarriage are socially marginal is challenged by a study of children of Ashkenazi-Oriental couples in Israel. Based on research data from a national representative sample of 14-year-old students, the study consists of 218 students of Ashkenazi-Oriental origin, 247 Ashkenazim and 387 Orientals. Discriminant analyses of these groups by three dimensions—satisfaction with school, academic perceptions and plans, and involvement in social activities—reveal that the children of ethnic intermarriages (especially those of hypergamous couples) are closer to the Ashkenazim than to the Oriental students. Most differences between them and the other students are explained by two control variables: academic achievement and father's education. Youth-movement participation, however, is found to have an independent discriminant power, and this is interpreted as an attempt of children of mixed ethnic origin to compensate for their uncrystallized status of origin. Additional comparative studies are proposed.

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