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A Comparison of Various Conceptualizations of Acculturation and the Prediction of Adaptation of International Students

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dc.contributor.author Playford, Kealee
dc.contributor.author Safdar, Saba
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-16T14:17:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-16T14:17:57Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Playford, K. & Safdar, S. (2007). Various conceptualization of acculturation and the prediction of international students adaptations (37-66). In A. Chybicka & M. Kazmierczak (Eds.). Appreciating diversity: Cultural and gender issues. Cracow, Poland: Impuls. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 8373088881
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/4065
dc.description.abstract This paper examines differences between three conceptualizations of acculturation (contact, adoption and identification), and compares them in terms of their ability to predict three different kinds of adaptation: psychological well-being, psychological ill-being, and socio-cultural difficulties. The three acculturation conceptualizations yielded different distributions of participants across four acculturation strategies (integration, separation, assimilation, and marginalization), and the inter-measure agreement between the three conceptualizations was poor. Regarding the predictive ability of the three conceptualizations, combining the contact and adoption concep- tualizations provided the best predictor of socio-cultural difficulties. However, find- ings varied by measure of adaptation: the acculturation conceptualizations predicted well-being but not ill-being; and socio-cultural adaptation predicted ill-being but not well-being. These results support the growing evidence that well-being and ill-being are distinct constructs rather than representing opposite poles of the same continuum. The possibility that ill-being is a better measure than well-being for acculturation re- search is discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Impuls en_US
dc.subject acculturation en_US
dc.subject adaptation en_US
dc.subject psychological well-being en_US
dc.subject psychological ill-being en_US
dc.subject integration en_US
dc.subject separation en_US
dc.subject assimilation en_US
dc.subject marginalization en_US
dc.subject international students en_US
dc.title A Comparison of Various Conceptualizations of Acculturation and the Prediction of Adaptation of International Students en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US
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