I am a doctoral researcher in social psychology in the MAMANET project at the University of Eastern Finland. I study intergroup contact between mothers of young children in multiethnic neighbourhoods of Helsinki. The aim of my dissertation is to investigate 1) how mothers understand the roles and responsibilities of contact participants in intergroup encounters between Finnish and immigrant mothers and 2) how positive encounters between Finnish and immigrant mothers can be promoted through motherhood. I am doing my dissertation in the doctoral program in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE). My dissertation is funded by the Kone Foundation, the Alli Paasikivi Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s North Savo Regional Fund.
‘Hey, teach these kids to eat their own food!’: Institutional intergroup contact in immigrant mothers' talkPaajanen, Paula; Finell, Eerika; Riikonen, Reetta; Stevenson, Clifford. 2023. Journal of community and applied social psychology. 33: 1426-1439
Intragroup contact with other mothers living in the same neighborhood benefits mothers' life satisfaction: The mediating role of group identification and social supportSeppälä, Tuija; Riikonen, Reetta; Stevenson, Clifford; Paajanen, Paula; Repo, Katja; Finell, Eerika. 2022. Journal of community psychology. 2023; 51: 1365-1377
Keeping Apart on the Playground: Construction of Informal Segregation on Public Playgrounds in Multiethnic NeighborhoodsPaajanen, Paula; Seppälä, Tuija; Stevenson, Clifford; Riikonen, Reetta; Finell, Eerika. 2022. Social psychology quarterly. 2023; 86: 53-73
Who is expected to make contact? Interpretative repertoires related to an intergroup encounter between Finnish majority mothers and immigrant mothersRiikonen, Reetta; Finell, Eerika; Suoninen, Eero; Paajanen, Paula; Stevenson, Clifford. 2022. British journal of social psychology. 2023; 62: 264-280