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1. The modification of the culture of a group or individual as a result of contact with a different culture.
2. The process by which the culture of a particular society is instilled in a human from infancy onward.

ac·cul′tur·a′tion·al adj.
ac·cul′tur·a′tive adj.
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(əˌkʌl tʃəˈreɪ ʃən)

1. the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group, esp. a dominant one.
2. a restructuring or blending of cultures resulting from this.
[1875–80, Amer.]
ac•cul`tur•a′tion•al, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acculturation - the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture; "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture"
social control - control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
cultivation - socialization through training and education to develop one's mind or manners; "her cultivation was remarkable"
bringing up, fosterage, fostering, nurture, rearing, upbringing, breeding, raising - helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
2.acculturation - all the knowledge and values shared by a society
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
meme - a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation); "memes are the cultural counterpart of genes"
3.acculturation - the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structureacculturation - the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
education - the gradual process of acquiring knowledge; "education is a preparation for life"; "a girl's education was less important than a boy's"
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[əˌkʌltʃəˈreɪʃən] N (frm) → aculturación f
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n (Sociol) → Akkulturation f
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Studies have also demonstrated that perceived discrimination influences the acculturation orientation of minorities (e.g., Berry and Sabatier 2010; Te Lindert et al.
In sections on cross-national perspectives, problemitizing acculturation, and a structural approach, they address such topics as reconsidering the relationship between age at migration and health behaviors among US immigrants: the modifying role of continued cross-border ties, intergenerational health transmission among Mexican Americans: further evidence of the protective effect of Spanish-language utilization, the influence of acculturation and weight-related behaviors on body mass index among Asian American ethnic subgroups, the immigrant health differential in the context of racial and ethnic disparities: the case of diabetes, and immigrant exclusion and inclusion: the importance of citizenship for insurance coverage before and after the Affordable Care Act.
One-way multivariate analysis of variance results showed an overall significant difference between groups for mainstream acculturation, but not for vocational identity, dysfunctional career thoughts, goal instability, or heritage acculturation.
Acculturation is one theoretical construct that has been proposed to explain the political behaviors of ethnic minorities in the United States.
Acculturation studies help make services more cost effective and help improve the quality of services provided for acculturative groups (Suzuki, Ponterotto, & Meller, 2001).
According to John Berry, a renowned professor of psychology, this encounter results in acculturation, which is "the process of cultural change and psychological change that results following meeting between cultures." (3) In other words, acculturation is what happens when you live with French people for a while and start saying "ooh la la" and eating snails.
Acculturation, an essential cultural factor that significantly impacts Asian immigrants' health, is defined as the process of cultural adaptation that takes place when an individual has a prolonged exposure to a new culture and is speculated to affect pain sensitivity, since cultural beliefs and practices can influence the way patients perceive and respond to pain [20, 21].
A second dominant cultural framework is found in the concept of acculturation, which is in lull use in the health literature, to explain Latino health disparities.
There is existing literature describing how Asian Americans' acculturation status and view of stigma affect these individuals' willingness and attitudes towards seeking counseling services, but there is limited literature that focuses specifically on Hmong women's level of acculturation and views of stigma that may affect their willingness and attitudes towards seeking counseling services (Atkinson et al., 1989; Choi & Miller, 2014; Hamid et al., 2009; Nguyen et al., 2005).