A research paradigm shift in acculturation research: From a psychopathological perspective to a resilience framework

Jiayan PAN*

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Abstract

Acculturation research in the past decades has been largely dominated by a psychopathological perspective, which narrowly focused on cross-cultural adaptation problems and their negative impact on mental health of various groups of migrant. Guided by the resilience framework, this paper identifies a significant paradigm shift in acculturation research from emphasizing negative impact of migration experience on mental health to highlighting positive adaptation outcomes in cross-cultural adjustment and their contributing factors. Two directions for future acculturation research are proposed to follow this research paradigm shift: (1) to identify the positive adaptation outcomes in the process of acculturation; and (2) to identify significant protective factors and to investigate the protective mechanisms of how these factors work to promote positive adaptation outcomes in the context of acculturation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcculturation
Subtitle of host publicationPsychology, Processes and Global Perspectives
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Pages221-233
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781633213487
ISBN (Print)9781633213470
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameFocus on Civilizations and Cultures
PublisherNova Science Publishers

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Research paradigm
  • Resilience

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