Ethnic identity, Greek educational system, students.


The purpose of this paper is to investigate aspects of the ethnic identity of native adolescent students. More specifically, we focused on the ethnic identity of native students and the degree of differentiation of their ethnic identity and its correlation with the important factors of the social and cultural environment. The sample consisted of 327 students in the municipality of Chios. The island of Chios was chosen as an external border of the European Union (EU) and just because Chios and the islands of the North Aegean have generally become gateways and residence for refugees and migrants. The Phinney questionnaire (1992) was used as the basis for this research. The results of the survey have revealed that the formation of an ethnic identity implies both a acculturation and an attempt to harmonize conflicting cultural elements and securing the students’ psychological balance, at a time of fluid reality.

Author Biography

Panagiotis Giavrimis, Sociology Department, University of the Aegean, Greece;

Assistant Professor,


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How to Cite

Giavrimis, P., Tsagkatos, E., & Nikolarea, E. (2020). ETHNIC IDENTITY: PERCEPTIONS OF GREEK STUDENTS. Social Work and Education, 7(3), 347–361.