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Providing readers with cutting-edge details on multicultural instrumentation, theories, and research in the social, behavioral, and health-related fields, this Handbook offers extensive coverage of empirically-supported multicultural measurement instruments that span a wide variety of subject areas such as ethnic and racial identity, racism, disability, and gender roles. Readers learn how to differentiate among and identify appropriate research tools for a particular project. This Handbook provides clinical practitioners with a useful starting point in their search for multicultural assessment devices they can use with diverse clients to inform clinical treatment.
Chapter 6: Acculturation Measures
6.1 Acculturation Defined
Acculturation as a construct has received scrutiny within the social, behavioral, and health sciences over at least the past seven decades. Theoretical and empirical treatment of the construct often begins with a ubiquitous mention of early anthropological and sociological scholars’ (e.g., Gordon, 1964; Redfield, Linton, & Herskovitz, 1936) views on acculturation. Redfield et al. (1936) considered acculturation to be a function of different cultural groups coming into regular firsthand intercultural contact. This perspective influenced and motivated a generation of acculturation scholarship such as Gordon's (1964, 1978) linear seven-stage process model of how immigrants assimilated to mainstream culture and Graves's (1967) notions of psychological acculturation on the individual level.
Since the publication of these and other early acculturation articles, a number of ...