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Contributions in Psychology, #41: Acculturation and Psychological Adaptationby Vanessa Smith Castro
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This volume examines the effects of intercultural contact and acculturation on individuals' feelings of self-regard in Latin American settings, revealing general aspects of the acculturation processes that may apply across groups and specific outcomes. It focuses 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, it 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.
Book News Annotation:
Castro (Institutes for Social and Psychological Research, U. of Costa Rica) reviews North American and European social psychological theories of acculturation, ethnic identity, stereotypes, prejudice, intergroup contact, and self-esteem, testing them against a data set from a study of 1,174 Costa Rican high school students. She finds that the Costa Rican context largely validates the theories. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -212) and index.
Examines the effects of intercultural contact and acculturation on individuals' feelings of self-regard in Latin American settings, revealing general aspects of the acculturation processes that may apply across groups and specific outcomes.
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
Cultural Contact and Acculturation
Intergroup Attitudes and Behaviors
Acculturation and Psychological Adaptation
Acculturation and Psychological Adaptation: Research Results
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