A focus-group research into the lives of members of four inmigrant groups in Spain

  1. José Luis González Castro
  2. Silvia Ubillos Landa
  3. María Ángeles Bilbao Ramírez
  4. Elza María Techio
  5. Nekane Basabe Barañano
International Journal of Social Psychology, Revista de Psicología Social

ISSN: 0213-4748

Year of publication: 2009

Volume: 24

Issue: 3

Pages: 381-398

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1174/021347409789050605 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR

More publications in: International Journal of Social Psychology, Revista de Psicología Social


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SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2009
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.177
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: Social Psychology Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 136/206


  • Social Sciences: A


(Data updated as of 04-04-2023)
  • Total citations: 1
  • Recent citations: 0
  • Field Citation Ratio (FCR): 0.73


A qualitative study with people from four cultural groups living in Spain is presented. Objectives: To analyse the social psychological impact of migration, exploring perceived cultural differences and migration experiences. Design: 8 focus groups with participants from Bulgaria, Morocco, Ecuador and Colombia (n = 49 participants). Results: The most frequent discourses were related to acculturative stress: changes in social life, gender differences, and hierarchical distance. The security motive was an important reason for migrating. Problems regarding one's well-being and experiences of prejudice and discrimination were the most mentioned regarding adaptation to host country. Participants stress lower hierarchical values, more gender equality, less family orientation and collectivism in Spain compared to their country of origin. There are also differences in communication styles and modes. Conclusion: Participants perceive cultural differences between cultures regarding Individualism, Collectivism and Hierarchy, showing a dual relationship with the host culture. Legal barriers are the most important issue hindering individual and collective development.