Acculturation is a comprehensive review and the most up-to-date analysis of theoretical and applied developments available in the measurement and use of acculturation. Readers will find a wonderfully diverse and interdisciplinary approach to the topic that includes theory and data relevant to the four major ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics/Latinos.

Specifically, this volume looks at recent developments in the theoretical analysis of acculturation as a culture-learning process—its relationship with other constructs (such as ethnic identification) and with cultural values and mores. Also, recent developments in measuring acculturation and its application to understanding changes in family relations, health status, addictions, and mental health are included, making this a one-of-a-kind volume an essential reference to those working with ethnic minority groups and to those researchers working in the field.

Table of Contents


Decade of Behavior Foreword

—Stanley Sue


Introduction: Social Change and Acculturation
—Joseph E. Trimble

I. Advances in Theory and Measurement

  1. Conceptual Approaches to Acculturation
    —John W. Berry
  2. Major Approaches to the Measurement of Acculturation Among Ethnic Minority Populations: A Content Analysis and an Alternative Empirical Strategy
    —Nolan Zane and Winnie Mak

II. Understanding Individual and Family Processes

  1. Ethnic Identity and Acculturation
    —Jean S. Phinney
  2. Acculturation and Changes in Cultural Values
    —Gerardo Marín and Raymond J. Gamba
  3. Acculturation Among Ethnic Minority Families
    —Kevin M. Chun and Phillip K. Akutsu
  4. The Influence of Acculturation Processes on the Family
    —Daniel A. Santisteban and Victoria B. Mitrani

III. Acculturation, Psychosocial Adjustment, and Health

  1. The Relationship Between Acculturation and Ethnic Minority Mental Health
    —Pamela Balls Organista, Kurt C. Organista, and Karen Kurasaki
  2. Acculturation and Physical Health in Racial and Ethnic Minorities
    —Hector F. Myers and Norma Rodriguez

IV. Advances in Applied Research

  1. Acculturation, Psychological Distress and Alcohol Use: Investigating the Effects of Ethnic Identity and Religiosity
    —Fang Gong, David T. Takeuchi, Pauline Agbayani-Siewert, and Leo Tacata
  2. Idioms of Distress, Acculturation and Depression: The Puerto Rican Experience
    —Dharma E. Cortes
  3. Acculturation, Alcohol Consumption, Smoking, and Drug Use Among Hispanics
    —Raul Caetano and Catherine L. Clark

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Kevin M. Chun, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of San Francisco, Senior Investigator at the University of California–San Francisco, and Alumni Scholar at the National Research Center on Asian American Mental Health, University of California–Davis. He completed his BS in psychology at Santa Clara University, his PhD in clinical psychology at UCLA, and a psychology internship at the Palo Alto Health Care System of the Department of Veterans Affairs. His research focuses on processes of adaptation and their relation to health and psychosocial adjustment for Asian American immigrants and refugees. Publications include Readings in Ethnic Psychology: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Hispanics / Latinos, which he coedited with Pamela Balls Organista and Gerardo Marín. He is also a contributing author to a number of scholarly works, including Handbook of Asian American Psychology and Ethnocultural Approaches to Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Issues, Research, and Clinical Applications.

Pamela Balls Organista, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco. She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology and Black studies at Washington University, her PhD in clinical psychology at Arizona State University, and a clinical psychology postdoctorate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California–San Francisco. Her research interests include prevention interventions and ethnic minority health issues. Publications include Readings in Ethnic Psychology: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Hispanics / Latinos, which she coedited with Kevin M. Chun and Gerardo Marín, and several articles on migrant laborers and AIDS and on stress and coping in primary care patients. She was the founding Faculty Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies Certificate Program at the University of San Francisco and in 1998 was appointed the Director of Academic Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco.

Gerardo Marín, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco and an APA Fellow. He received his PhD in social psychology from De Paul University. He has written more than 135 publications on topics that are relevant to Hispanics, including cultural norms and attitudes, risk behaviors, culturally appropriate methodology, and acculturation. He is the author of two widely used acculturation scales for Hispanics and was the editor of the recent Surgeon General's Report on Smoking regarding the four ethnic minority groups. In 1991, he coauthored the book Research With Hispanic Populations with Barbara VanOss Marín and is also the author of the forthcoming book Culturally Appropriate Research. He has been a reviewer for various publications, including American Psychologist, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Journal of Community Psychology.

Reviews & Awards

The editors have assembled a substantial contribution to developing a more sophisticated, nuanced understanding of acculturation. Recommended.
—CHOICE Magazine