Acculturation and mental health: Current findings and recommendations for future research

Vamsi K. Koneru, Amy G. Weisman de Mamani, Patricia M. Flynn, Hector Betancourt

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Abstract

Results of existing literature suggest that the relationship between acculturation and mental health is complex. Some studies have found a beneficial association between increased acculturation and mental health, whereas others have found a detrimental association or no relationship at all. We reviewed literature on acculturation and mental health in Hispanics/Latino Americans, Asians/Asian Americans, and other ethnic groups. Results indicate that greater acculturation is associated with increased substance use and abuse. Findings for other disorders and symptoms demonstrate considerable heterogeneity and potential reasons for this variation are provided. Acculturation involves a complex set of processes that appear to have differential impact on mental health outcomes. Critical issues in the measurement of acculturation are discussed, and recommendations for future research are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-96
Number of pages21
JournalApplied and Preventive Psychology
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Asians/Asian Americans
  • Culture
  • Ethnic groups
  • Hispanics/Latino Americans
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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