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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157446
Type:
Presentation
Title:
THE RELATIONSHIP OF ACCULTURATION TO HEALTH: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING RESEARCH
Abstract:
THE RELATIONSHIP OF ACCULTURATION TO HEALTH: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING RESEARCH
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2010
Author:Baker, Dian L., PhD, APRN-BC, PNP
P.I. Institution Name:Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing University of California Davis
Title:Post Doctoral Fellow Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Contact Address:4610 X Street, Education Building, Sacramento, CA, 95817, USA
PURPOSES/AIMS: To evaluate the application and effectiveness of acculturation as its effect on health as research variable.
RATIONALE/CONCEPTUAL BASIS/BACKGROUND: Acculturation is one of the most explored dimensions of the immigrant experience in multicultural nursing research. Interest in the link between acculturation and health outcomes has increased significantly since the release of Healthy People 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of two overarching goals of HP 2010 is the elimination of health inequities. Inequities in health outcomes have been disproportionately found in immigrant populations and their subsequent U.S. born generations. Several research studies have pointed to acculturation as a robust predictor of health outcomes within these populations. Findings from these studies demonstrate both positive and negative trends in health outcomes depending on the degree of acculturation. Health-related acculturation research typically relies on proxy measures of acculturation such as use of the English language or use of Western healthcare systems. Discerning the parameters of acculturation and its use in research is a critical step in understanding the health of immigrants and refugees.
METHODS: Using the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities as an exemplar population, a systematic review of the literature using the terms acculturation, health, and/or Asian American in multiple databases from nursing, sociology, psychology, political science, medicine, and epidemiology was completed. Selected articles were analyzed to determine issues of measurement and application of acculturation as variable in research.
RESULTS: Despite advancement in other fields, health-related research has not yet developed a sustainable, reliable model of acculturation that allows for measurement and explanation in a consistent manner. Dilemmas in measurement of key attributes of acculturation include unidirectional and bidirectional analysis, transferability of measurement scales between groups, psychometric issues, and the appropriateness of proxy measurements. Outcomes of acculturation on health can be positive or negative depending on how acculturation was understood and measured in the study. Despite these limitations pragmatic recommendations for future acculturation research can be made.
IMPLICATIONS: While debate continues about the appropriate use and definition of acculturation, it continues as an important construct in health-related research of migrating individuals and groups. Currently there is no testable framework that delineates the role of acculturation in health outcomes. Further research is indicated to clarify the relationship between acculturation and health.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTHE RELATIONSHIP OF ACCULTURATION TO HEALTH: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING RESEARCHen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157446-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">THE RELATIONSHIP OF ACCULTURATION TO HEALTH: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING RESEARCH</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Baker, Dian L., PhD, APRN-BC, PNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing University of California Davis</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Post Doctoral Fellow Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">4610 X Street, Education Building, Sacramento, CA, 95817, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dian.baker@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">PURPOSES/AIMS: To evaluate the application and effectiveness of acculturation as its effect on health as research variable. <br/>RATIONALE/CONCEPTUAL BASIS/BACKGROUND: Acculturation is one of the most explored dimensions of the immigrant experience in multicultural nursing research. Interest in the link between acculturation and health outcomes has increased significantly since the release of Healthy People 2010 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of two overarching goals of HP 2010 is the elimination of health inequities. Inequities in health outcomes have been disproportionately found in immigrant populations and their subsequent U.S. born generations. Several research studies have pointed to acculturation as a robust predictor of health outcomes within these populations. Findings from these studies demonstrate both positive and negative trends in health outcomes depending on the degree of acculturation. Health-related acculturation research typically relies on proxy measures of acculturation such as use of the English language or use of Western healthcare systems. Discerning the parameters of acculturation and its use in research is a critical step in understanding the health of immigrants and refugees. <br/>METHODS: Using the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities as an exemplar population, a systematic review of the literature using the terms acculturation, health, and/or Asian American in multiple databases from nursing, sociology, psychology, political science, medicine, and epidemiology was completed. Selected articles were analyzed to determine issues of measurement and application of acculturation as variable in research. <br/>RESULTS: Despite advancement in other fields, health-related research has not yet developed a sustainable, reliable model of acculturation that allows for measurement and explanation in a consistent manner. Dilemmas in measurement of key attributes of acculturation include unidirectional and bidirectional analysis, transferability of measurement scales between groups, psychometric issues, and the appropriateness of proxy measurements. Outcomes of acculturation on health can be positive or negative depending on how acculturation was understood and measured in the study. Despite these limitations pragmatic recommendations for future acculturation research can be made. <br/>IMPLICATIONS: While debate continues about the appropriate use and definition of acculturation, it continues as an important construct in health-related research of migrating individuals and groups. Currently there is no testable framework that delineates the role of acculturation in health outcomes. Further research is indicated to clarify the relationship between acculturation and health.<br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:52:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:52:51Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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