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We also placed questionnaires on the Internet, and asked immigrants’ organizations in the Netherlands to email our request for participation to their members. All letters, e-mails, and questionnaires were in the respondents’ native language. Since, in the preliminary check, the data obtained in Internet survey and ordinary mail did not differ on mean scores and respondents’ characteristics, we pooled the data from traditional and Internet surveys and analysed them jointly for each national sample.

Therefore, similarities in factor structure may be due to contact with Dutch culture. On the other hand, the differences we found cannot be unequivocally attributed to cultural diversity. Possibly, differences in factor structure are due to a situation specific to immigrants, as we found in the dismissing scale. To clarify this it is necessary to conduct a follow-up study on samples of respondents living in their country of origin. Second, the initial set of items in the original version of the ASQ was not large enough to guarantee that items represent attachment prototypes exhaustively.

Due to the cross-sectional design of the present study, causal relationship between variables may not be inferred. Future studies incorporating a longitudinal design should clarify the causal relationship between attachment and psychological and sociocultural adjustment. Another ATTACHMENT AND ADJUSTMENT OF IMMIGRANTS 48 limitation of the study was the sampling procedure; data were collected from members of immigrants’ organizations, thus immigrants detached from their culture of origin might be under-represented.

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