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Psychological Analysis of Expectations of Russians to Russia from the Ukraine and Other Countries
Murashchenkova Nadezhda

PhD in Psychology

associate professor of the Department of General and Social Psychology at Smolensk University for Humanities

214014, Russia, Smolensk Region, Smolensk, Hertzen's str., 2

muraschenkova.n@yandex.ru
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Gritsenko Valentina

Doctor of Psychology

professor at Moscow University of Psychology and Education

127051, Russia, Moscow Region, Moscow, str. Sretenka, 29, of. 401

gritsenko2006@yandex.ru
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Brazhnik Yuliya

PhD in Psychology

associate professor of the Department of General and Social Psychology at Smolensk University for the Humanities

214014, Russia, Smolensk Region, Smolensk, Herzen's str., 2

yliabr@yandex.ru
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Abstract.

The article presents part of the results of a complex empirical research of socio-psychological adaptation of Russians migrating to Russia from other countries. The research involved 228 people (107 men and 121 women aged 17 - 63 years old, M=29.59, SD=9.54). Respondents from the Ukraine (Donetsk and Lugansk Regions) were 112 people (51 men and 61 women) and respondents from other countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldavia, Tadjikistan, Turkeminstan, and Uzbekistan) were 116 people (56 men and 60 women). The purpose of the research was to analyze their expectations under the conditions of their socio-psychological adaptation to living in Russia. The authors make an assumption that those who come from the Ukraine and other countries have different expectations as a result of the former's forced and fast migration caused by the military conflict in the Ukraine. Empirical data was collected using the opinion poll. In particular, the authors have analyzed data obtained using free-answer and yes-no questions that respondents answered as part of the questionnaire prepared by the authors. Data were processed using the methods of descriptive statistics, frequency and content analysis, and Fisher angular transformation (φ* criteria). As a result of this empirical research, the authors have discovered differences in migrants' expectations of those who came from the Ukraine and those who came from other countries. Migrants from the Ukraine more frequently tended to expect help and support from others than from themselves and were in a greater need of information, help with employment and accomodation. They also believed they needed compensations from the government of the country they had left and had a better idea of what help and support they could use from the receiving country to adapt to life in Russia. On the whole, expectations of the majority of those who came from the Ukraine and other countries have been satisfied. Many of them had realistic expectations and the right idea of conditions, advantages and challenges they would have in Russia which was most likely to be one of the factors of their successful adaptation (based on self-reports of respondents). However, the results have also demonstrated that respondents felt their adaptation was incomplete or were too focused on challenges and negative emotions experienced in the process of their adaptation which could cause additional emotional tension and make them seek for social and psychological assistance. Another traumatic and destructive feeling that could hinder their successful socio-psychological adaptation was their expectations of conflicts from the local population. The results of the research can be used as guidelines to improve socio-psychological adaptation of migrants as well as to create a program of psychological assistance of migrants from the former Soviet republics.

Keywords: socio-psychological adaptation, migrants' expectations, conflicts, social and psychological support of migrants, content analysis, Fisher angular transformation, Russian migrants, voluntary migration, forced migration, migration

DOI:

10.25136/2409-8701.2017.5.24294

Article was received:

28-09-2017


Review date:

29-09-2017


Publish date:

27-10-2017


This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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