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Title: Xenophobia, intercultural contact & national identity : Maltese university students' attitudes towards different cultures
Authors: Spiteri, Rachel
Keywords: Xenophobia -- Malta
Students -- Education (Higher) -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: This study explores the phenomenon of xenophobia among Maltese students studying at the University of Malta, and whether this varies with the amount and type of contact they have with non-Europeans. The study also examines whether xenophobia varies with how close students feel to Malta and to Europe, and with the strength and exclusivity of their national identity. A quantitative methodology was used and data was collected by means of a questionnaire. Pearson correlation, one-way ANOVA and Friedman tests were used to analyse the data. Findings revealed that xenophobia was higher among students who did not engage in frequent contact with non- Europeans, as well as among those who did not engage in contact that was perceived as equal, voluntary, intimate, pleasant and cooperative. Furthermore, the closer students felt to Malta, the more xenophobic they were, but the closer they felt to Europe, the less xenophobic they were. Finally, the stronger and more exclusive their national identity, the more xenophobia Maltese university students exhibited.
Description: B.PSY.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacSoW - 2013
Dissertations - FacSoWPsy - 2013

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