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Journal of Mental Health and Aging, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2001

Acculturation; Measures Of Ethnic Accommodation To The Dominant American Culture

John H. Skinner, EdD


As societies become more multicultural, there is renewed interest in understanding how people from different cultures adjust, adapt or accommodate simultaneously to the demands of their traditional cultures and of the dominant culture. This article presents a conceptual approach to the measurement of acculturation and reviews the psychometric properties of acculturation measures. Over the past two decades, numerous acculturation measures have been developed, however, there is a need for more multidimensional scales that reflect both the orientation toward the dominant as well as the native culture.

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