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A remarkable outcome of the present study is the differences between the three groups, students, adults and emigrants, in their mean scores on the attachment styles after controlling for the effect of age. First of all, the students scored higher on the fearful and preoccupied styles than both the adult and emigrant group. Although speculative, the differences between the groups might be attributed to the divergent phases in life. It is understandable that students, who are in a transition phase of entering adulthood and going to college which brings about many changes and insecurities, are more insecure about themselves and more focused on the question whether other people like them and find them interesting enough, than the more mature adults.

Furthermore, we expect that dismissing attachment will be negatively related to the contact strategies integration and assimilation. We think that the relationship with integration will be particularly negative, because cultural barriers will complicate contact even more. Attachment Styles and Majority Members’ Acculturation Attitudes: A Longitudinal Study 49 Preoccupied people have a negative image of themselves, but they trust others. They worry about being disliked by others. This concern will probably disappear when faced with immigrants who actively try to adapt to the host culture and thereby show that they want to participate in the host society.

Variables assessed at T2 Attachment styles were measured with the same instrument as used at T1. 77 for the preoccupied style. In order to measure majority members’ attitudes towards acculturation strategies of immigrants we used a questionnaire with 21 fictitious but realistic statements of immigrants about their adaptation to the new culture. ) whether they thought these statements to be desirable. 68) such as: “I find it important to have contact with Dutch people, but also with people from my own country”.

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