Acculturation and Psychological Adaptation

Acculturation and Psychological Adaptation

by Vanessa S. Castro

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Overview

This volume addresses the psychological impact of interethnic contact and acculturation in Latin American settings, focusing on the effects of acculturation on self-esteem among adolescents. Opening with an account of relevant theoretical and empirical literature on interethnic contact and acculturation, this book represents an acid test of the cross-cultural applicability of theory and method largely derived from research on acculturation to North American and European settings. Much research has focused on acculturation processes among ethnic immigrants and ethnic minorities leading to the impression that host or majority groups remain unchangeable during acculturation. By contrast, this volume shows that psychological changes occur in all groups involved in the contact, reinforcing the idea that acculturation is a special case of mutual influence.

This book will be of special interest for researchers, scholars or students seeking to understand the acculuturation process outside North America and Europe. Strong evidence is pressented showing the development of positive ties with both one's own and other relevant groups provides a more solid basis for self-esteem than relinquishing ties to the ethnic group of reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313323270
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/2003
Series: Contributions in Psychology , #41
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

VANESSA SMITH CASTRO is a researcher at the Institutes for Social and Psychological Research of the University of Costa Rica.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figuresvii
Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
The Study of Acculturation: Heuristic and Methodological Challenges2
The Study of Acculturation: Including Cultural Diversity3
A Note on Organization5
1Cultural Contact and Acculturation7
Acculturation8
Models of Acculturation10
A Framework for Research on Acculturation with Ethnic Groups26
Summary31
Note32
2Ethnic Identity33
Ethnic Identity as a Multidimensional Construct34
Understanding Ethnic Identity from the Social Identity Approach39
Antecedents of Ethnic Identity: Empirical Evidence46
Summary52
Notes53
3Intergroup Attitudes and Behaviors55
Groups in Contact: Basic Concepts in the Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations56
Understanding Intergroup Hostility63
Intergroup Harmony: Preconditions and Mechanisms76
Summary81
Note82
4Psychological Adaptation83
Psychological Adaptation to Ethnically Plural Settings84
Acculturation Outcomes87
Empirical Evidence89
Predicting Acculturation Outcomes: Research Hypotheses96
Summary102
5Acculturation and Psychological Adaptation: Methodological Issues105
Participants105
Measuring Acculturation and Psychological Adaptation107
Procedure117
Overview of the Analyses117
Summary119
Notes120
6Acculturation and Psychological Adaptation: Research Results121
A Further Test of the Structure and Properties of the Scales121
Mapping Acculturation Strategies127
Preliminary Analyses129
Primary Analyses138
Summary155
Notes158
7Conclusions161
An Integrative Overview161
The Measurement of Acculturation Dimensions and Strategies172
Limitations and Future Directions174
Appendixes
AInstructions for the Classification of Parents' Occupations177
BResults of the Classification of Parents' Occupations179
CQuestionnaire181
DDescriptive and Psychometric Data of All Measures in the Pilot Study189
EDescriptive and Psychometric Data of the Measures in the Main Study193
Bibliography197
Index213

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