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GROUP DIFFERENCES IN MEAN INTELLIGENCE FOR THE DUTCH AND THIRD WORLD IMMIGRANTS

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 July 2001

JAN TE NIJENHUIS
Affiliation:
Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Amsterdam
HENK VAN DER FLIER
Affiliation:
Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Abstract

Evidence from eleven samples indicates that the mean IQ of third world immigrants in the Netherlands is lower than the Dutch mean by approximately one standard deviation for Surinamese and Antillians, and by approximately one and a half standard deviations for Turks and Moroccans. Since IQ tests provide the best prediction of success in school and organizations, it could be that the immigrants’ lower mean IQ is an important factor in their low status on the Dutch labour market. The IQs of second-generation immigrants are rising.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
© 2001 Cambridge University Press

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