Liliia Korol

Liliia Korol is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Department of Intercultural Communication in the National University of Ostroh Academy.

She received her PhD in the Developmental and Educational Psychology in 2011. Liliia Korol’s research interests are in the field of interethnic relations and interethnic attitudes toward immigrants and minority groups. She is also interested in the adjustment and integration of immigrant-origin youth into a host society as well as factors that underlie this process.

Liliia Korol is the author of more than 30 research papers, including those published in top-level peer-reviewed journals in the US, Europe, Slovakia, Russia, and Ukraine. She is also the author of the peer-reviewed book called The Psychology of the National Character Formation (Psycholinguistic aspect). Liliia Korol has been the recipient of several prestigious research fellowships and grants (e.g., Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Fulbright, the Swedish Institute) and collaborated with prominent scholars and leading research teams across diverse countries, including Portugal, the USA, Sweden, and Italy.

Research project: How does ethnic harassment drive violence among immigrant adolescents across Europe? Understanding the underlying mechanisms

Increasing ethnic diversity in Europe has made attempts to support the harmonious integration of newcomers a priority policy issue regarding social cohesion and stability of the EU. Yet, anti-immigrant sentiments are alarmingly rising, and immigrant youth frequently experience devaluation and discriminatory treatment due to their different ethnic background across European countries. These stressful experiences have detrimental consequences for the successful adjustment of immigrant youth, including their engagement in antisocial and violent behaviors. The concerns are growing across Europe over problem behaviors, delinquent gangs, and criminality among immigrant-origin youth. However, existing research lacks comprehensive understanding of the factors that might put ethnically harassed immigrant youth at risk of engagement in violent behaviors.

The proposed research aims to tap into this issue by examining:

1) the role of deviant peer affiliation as the mediating mechanism that associates ethnic harassment with violent behaviors among immigrant youth over time;

2) how immigrant youth’s acculturation orientations and cross-ethnic friendships influence their susceptibility to affiliate with deviant peers;

3) whether these underlying processes and conditions are general across countries.

The proposed project intends to use a mixed-method research design, combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies. This new knowledge will derive important practical implications for intervention programs that aim to prevent violence among immigrant adolescents, and in turn their future involvement in criminal activity.

Dates of stay: 01 October 2019 - 31 July 2020