Psychological Studies

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 26–34 | Cite as

Contextual influences on acculturation processes: The roles of family, community and society

  • Colleen Ward
  • Stephen Fox
  • Jessie Wilson
  • Jaimee Stuart
  • Larissa Kus
Original Article


The paper outlines the major approaches to the psychological study of acculturation, drawing particular attention to the importance of context. Three significant contexts are highlighted: family, ethnic community, and society/nation. New perspectives from our evolving program of acculturation research are introduced to illustrate contextual influences on acculturation, and future directions for empirical work are recommended.


Acculturation Adaptation Intercultural relations Immigrants Family Ethnic arts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colleen Ward
    • 1
  • Stephen Fox
    • 1
  • Jessie Wilson
    • 1
  • Jaimee Stuart
    • 1
  • Larissa Kus
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Cross-cultural ResearchVictoria Univesity of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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