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ISRN Education
Volume 2013, Article ID 929058, 16 pages
Research Article

The Culture-Transmission Motive in Minorities: An Online Survey of Adolescents and Young Adults with an Immigrant Background in Germany

1Institute of Educational Science, University of Greifswald, Franz-Mehring-Straße 47, 17487 Greifswald, Germany
2Institute of Psychology, University of Greifswald, Franz-Mehring-Straße 47, 17487 Greifswald, Germany

Received 4 August 2013; Accepted 22 August 2013

Academic Editors: G. Sideridis and S. Thoma

Copyright © 2013 Irina Mchitarjan and Rainer Reisenzein. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Central assumptions of a theory of cultural transmission in minorities proposed by the authors were tested in an online survey of adolescents and young adults with Russian and Turkish immigrant background in Germany ( ). The results support most hypotheses. In particular, evidence was obtained for the existence of the culture-transmission motive postulated by the theory: the appreciation of the culture of origin and the desire to maintain it and pass it on to the next generation. In addition, evidence was obtained for the anchoring of the culture-transmission motive in more basic motives, its relative stability, and its motivating function for pedagogical activities and wishes regarding cultural transmission, including the wish for culture-specific education in public schools.