Acculturation: Psychology, Processes and Global Perspectives


Jack Merton (Editor)

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: SOC002010

Acculturation has been broadly defined as any change that results from contact between individuals, or groups of individuals, and those from different cultural backgrounds. The conflict and stress that arises adversely affects the health and status of the immigrant, although native populations may also be affected. Current research focuses mainly on behaviors, beliefs and attitudes found in different social, ethnic, religious, age, and other groups.

However, there is no general consensus as to the components or characteristics of acculturation, or how they should be measured and assessed. Other fundamental concerns include the wide variability in the measurement of human thought and response, the lack of generalizability and uniformity evidenced by the many survey instruments and scales used for different groups and populations today, and the difficulty in demonstrating a clear relationship between components of acculturation and health and other outcomes. This book discusses the psychology, processes and global perspectives of acculturation. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Acculturation, Health Disparities and the Hispanic Health Paradox (pp. 1-28)
Natalie A. Ceballos, Alison Colbert and Reiko Graham (Department of Psychology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA, and others)

Chapter 2 – Acculturation Research: A Health Outcomes Approach (pp. 29-46)
Stacey Alan Teruya, Ed.D., M.S. and Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi, Ph.D. (Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Chapter 3 – Unwinding the Web of Worries: Using Psychodrama Techniques with Latino Immigrant Families to Manage Acculturation Stress (pp. 47-60)
Martica Bacallao, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., TEP (Arizona State University, School of Social Work, Phoenix, AZ, USA)

Chapter 4 – Acculturation and Suicidal Behavior in College Students (pp. 61-66)
David Lester, Ph.D., Rheeda L. Walker, Frauk Gençöz and Sevginar Vatan (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, NJ, USA, and others)

Chapter 5 – Contesting Far Flung Fields: Sociological Studies of Migration and Acculturation through Sport (pp. 67-86)
A. B. Evans (School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom)

Chapter 6 – Social Ecology and the Recontextualization of Acculturation: Exploring the Psychological Role of Ethnic Density (pp. 87-114)
Tomas Jurcik, Esther Yakobov, Rana Ahmed, Ielyzaveta Solopieieva-Jurcikova, Momoka Sunohara and Andrew G. Ryder (Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and others)

Chapter 7 – Hmong and Acculturation (pp. 115-136)
Pa Der Vang, Ph.D. (St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, USA)

Chapter 8 – Acculturation: Nutritional and Health Implications (pp. 137-152)
Laura Esteban-Gonzalo and Oscar L. Veiga (Faculty of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, and others)

Chapter 9 – Acculturation Outcomes of Italian Immigrant Children and Parents (pp. 153-166)
Radosveta Dimitrova (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Chapter 10 – Acculturation and Behavior Problems of Adolescents from African Immigrant Families in Portugal (pp. 167-180)
Joana Neto and Félix Neto (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)

Chapter 11 – Loneliness among Venezuelan Migrants Living in Portugal (pp. 181-194)
Ana Gabriela Guédez and Félix Neto (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)

Chapter 12 – An Innovative Lens for Comprehending the Human Experience in Society: An Analysis of the Acculturation Theory (pp. 195-204)
Tram Nguyen, MSc, Ph.D. and Sue Baptiste, MHSc, OT(Reg)Ont, FCAOT (School of Rehabilitation and CanChild-Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 13 – The Moderating Effects of Acculturation Strategies on the Relationship between Social Support from Host Nationals and Sociocultural Adaptation (pp. 205-220)
Ting Kin Ng, Kitty Wan Ching Wang, Yi Lian and Kwok Kuen Tsang (City University of Hong Kong, and University of Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 14 – A Research Paradigm Shift in Acculturation Research: From a Psychopathological Perspective to a Resilience Framework (pp. 221-234)
Jia-Yan Pan (Research Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 15 – The Globalisation of Health Care and Health Care Professional Acculturation (pp. 235-250)
Daniel R. Terry and Melissa Terry (Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia)

Chapter 16 – Migration and Acculturation: Identity and Bilingual Orientations of Immigrant Students from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia in Israel (pp. 251-270)
Pnina Golan-Cook, Elite Olshtain and Keith Goldstein (NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


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