Research findings on acculturation and mental health are complex. Previous research has demonstrated mixed results indicating that an increasing level of acculturation can be associated with both detrimental and beneficial health outcomes. Research focusing on the association of acculturation and schizophrenia remains largely unexplored. This study evaluated the relationship between acculturation and symptom severity with 47 Latino, Black, and White patients with schizophrenia. Results demonstrated that an increasing level of acculturation (rated from a modified version of the Suinn-Lew Self-Identity Scale) was associated with greater severity of schizophrenia symptoms (rated from the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale). However, the association between acculturation and symptom severity is intricate and varies by ethnicity. Study limitations are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Interamerican Journal of Psychology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2006|
- Cultural assimilation
- Ethnic groups
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