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A World of Their Own: Acculturation and Views on War and Interpersonal Violence Among Adult Mennonites
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by Allyson Meloni, Marie Helweg-Larsen, Jacquelyn M. MacDonald, and Aya Inoue - Dickinson College
Research shows that the degree of acculturation may affect individuals' views within a given culture as more acculturated individuals may hold values that are consistent with those of the given culture. We examined acculturation and attitudes toward war and interpersonal conflict among adult Mennonites. Consistent with predictions, increased acculturation was associated with favorable views about the use of violence in interpersonal conflicts. Unexpectedly, acculturation was not associated with support of war, likely because the data were collected during Gulf War II. Future research on Mennonites and acculturation should consider views on all types of violence, especially use of corporal punishment.