Expanding the concept of acculturation in Mexican American rehabilitation psychology research and practice. Academic Article uri icon


  • UNLABELLED: The acculturation process is increasingly being viewed as an important variable that provides a context for understanding Mexican American health disparities. Although rehabilitation psychologists have noted the importance of utilizing acculturation in research and practice, scholars continue to use out-dated conceptualizations and models of acculturation. OBJECTIVES: The authors provide a brief overview of current trends in acculturation theory and research. Limitations of current rehabilitation research and how acculturation theory can help explain Mexican American health outcomes are discussed. Finally, recommendations for rehabilitation research and practice are provided. CONCLUSIONS: The authors recommend that rehabilitation scholars develop and test theoretical models that incorporate multiple dimensions of acculturation in order to understand how it influences Mexican American health outcomes. Rehabilitation professionals should incorporate acculturation theory and culturally informed interventions into rehabilitation practice with Mexican Americans.

published proceedings

  • Rehabil Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Castillo, L. G., & Caver, K. A.

citation count

  • 33

complete list of authors

  • Castillo, Linda G||Caver, Kelly A

publication date

  • November 2009