Acculturation in Mexican immigrants: a concept analysis.
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The concept of acculturation in Mexican immigrants was analyzed using the concept analysis technique developed by Walker and Avant. The related concepts for acculturation are assimilation, separation, and marginalization. The defining attributes identified for acculturation are original cultural identity, exposure to a culture different from one's own, and changes in the behavioral, affective, and/or cognitive domains of one's functioning after exposure to a new culture. An antecedent for acculturation is that identification with one's culture of origin must be well established. Another antecedent is the willingness to modify one's original cultural identity. Transition is identified as a consequence of acculturation. Acculturation is a complex, multifaceted concept and cannot be adequately captured by measures that use language preference alone. Other factors such as social class, employment, education, and income should also be considered when acculturation is a factor in nursing practice and research.
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