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acculturation

 [ah-kul″cher-a´shun]
the process of adapting or learning to take on selected behaviors of another group; change generally occurs between both cultures that are in contact.

acculturation

The process of incorporating the culture, mores and values of another group; the exchange of cultural features (traditions, values, or religious beliefs comprising the way of life) that results when groups of individuals from different cultures come into continuous direct contact, resulting in an alteration in the cultural patterns of one or both groups. While acculturation is in theory bilateral, in most instances the minority culture becomes integrated into the population’s majority culture.

Acculturation

A term which is generally defined as the exchange of cultural features (traditions, values, or religious beliefs comprising the way of life) which results when groups of individuals from different cultures come into continuous direct contact, resulting in an alteration in the cultural patterns of one or both groups. While, theoretically, acculturation can work in both directions, the norm is that the minority population is assimilated into the population’s dominant majority.

ac·cul·tur·a·tion

(ă-kŭl'chŭr-ā'shŭn)
Adaptation by a person or group to customs, values, beliefs, and behaviors of a new country or culture.
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To this end, for less acculturated Latinas, a shift in descriptive and injunctive norms regarding health-related behaviors may be a necessary step for narrative persuasion; whereas, consistent with U.S.
(10) Sociologists of religion agree "that marginal religious groups or sects are characterized by: 1) an emphasis on doctrinal purity; 2) hostility to or disassociation from the prevailing culture; and 3) a strict code of behavior." (11) Whatever the precise framework, we can speak of religious groups as relatively "acculturated," aligned with the dominant culture, or "unacculturated," antagonistic to or withdrawn from the culture.
(2006), the highly acculturated group included those fathers who reported that English was their primary language as well as those who had a mean score of four, and the low acculturated group included those Hispanic fathers with Language Proficiency scores of less than four.
Early theories in acculturation were focused on the bipolar aspects of the construct and posited that individuals were either acculturated or not acculturated (Abe-Kim, Okazaki, & Goto, 2001).
It examined whether Latino predominance and the mix of more and less acculturated students in schools enhanced drug prevention program outcomes among Latino students.
As it is evident in other immigrant communities arriving in the United States, Korean Americans expected to be acculturated into the dominant culture.
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A student's level of language acquisition is considered when their test results are gauged but there seems to be no consideration toward whether or not they are acculturated. After reviewing literature on the topic, it seems as though a plan for intervention must be set in place if any changes are to be made.
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As the family legend once had it, Volkov's father, who grew up in an acculturated German-Jewish family, converted to Zionism upon witnessing the Nazis come into power.
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