Acculturation and Psychopathology

Gail M. Ferguson, José M. Causadias, Tori S. Simenec

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Acculturation and psychopathology are linked in integrated, interactional, intersectional, and dynamic ways that span different types of intercultural contact, levels of analysis, timescales, and contexts. A developmental psychopathology approach can be useful to explain why, how, and what about psychological acculturation results in later adaptation or maladaptation for acculturating youth and adults. This review applies a conceptual model of acculturation and developmental psychopathology to a widely used framework of acculturation variables producing an Integrated Process Framework of Acculturation Variables (IP-FAV). This new comprehensive framework depicts major predisposing acculturation conditions (why) as well as acculturation orientations and processes (how) that result in adaptation and maladaptation across the life span (what). The IP-FAV is unique in that it integrates both proximal and remote acculturation variables and explicates key acculturation processes to inform research, practice, and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-411
Number of pages31
JournalAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
StatePublished - May 9 2023

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  • developmental psychopathology
  • globalization
  • immigrant
  • proximal acculturation
  • refugee
  • remote acculturation
  • resilience

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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