What is it about?

Two studies were conducted to develop a new instrument called the Attitudes Toward Migrant Integration Policies scale and to understand whether attitudes toward integration policies differ within generations (e.g., ethnic majority and minority groups), within families (e.g., adolescents vs. their fathers), and across generational groups (i.e., adolescents, parents, and teachers).

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Why is it important?

A new instrument capable of providing us with a detailed picture of individuals' inclusiveness, such as the AMIP scale, can serve as a social thermometer that guides politicians and administrators in addressing possible gaps between citizens' perceived importance of specific policies and their actual implementation, ensuring that government decisions align with public priorities.


People with a migrant background often face various barriers (e.g., economic and educational) that can affect their adjustment to the new society. At the country level, it is essential to develop policies aimed at facilitating migrants' integration. At the same time, it is also vital to understand how public opinion perceives these policies. This may lead to a better understanding of what can either foster or hinder the policy implementation and the overall integration process.

Fabio Maratia
Universita degli Studi di Bologna

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This page is a summary of: A near-mint view toward integration: Are adolescents more inclusive than adults?, Journal of Experimental Psychology General, September 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/xge0001472.
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