Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner


  • Molly L. Tanenbaum
  • Persis Commissariat
  • Elyse Kupperman
  • Rachel N. Baek
  • Jeffrey S. GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_147


Definition and Theoretical Background

Acculturation is the process by which migrants to a new culture develop relationships with the new culture and maintain their original culture (Berry & Sam, 1997). Acculturation has been classically defined as the changes that develop when groups of individuals come into contact with a different culture (Redfield, Linton, & Herskovits, 1936). This process was initially conceptualized as unidimensional, in which retention of the original culture and acquisition of the new host culture were cast at opposing ends of a single continuum (Schwartz, Unger, Zamboanga, & Szapocznik, 2010). According to this unidimensional model, migrants were expected to acquire the values, practices, and beliefs of their new homelands and discard those from their cultural heritage. Acculturation is now more often conceptualized as complex and multidimensional, meaning that both cultures change under the influence of each other and acculturation is influenced by...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Molly L. Tanenbaum
    • 1
  • Persis Commissariat
    • 1
  • Elyse Kupperman
    • 1
  • Rachel N. Baek
    • 1
  • Jeffrey S. Gonzalez
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Clinical Psychology, Health EmphasisFerkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva UniversityBronxUSA
  2. 2.Diabetes Research CenterAlbert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva UniversityBronxUSA