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date: 13 October 2019

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Many immigrants experience acculturation stress, which can result in an increased risk for antisocial behavior and psychopathology. Psychodrama is one intervention that has been found to result in positive changes such as increased empathy and relationship quality and decreased aggression, depression, and anxiety, suggesting that it could be a useful modality in decreasing acculturation stress and ensuing mental health symptoms. Following an explanation of psychodrama, this chapter provides an overview of acculturation-based prevention and intervention programs that informed the creation of Entre Dos Mundos (EDM), an acculturation-based intervention that uses psychodrama techniques to decrease acculturation stress among immigrant adolescents and their parents. An example of an EDM group session illustrates the application of psychodrama techniques and their utility in decreasing acculturation stress and promoting biculturalism. In addition, a review of the literature documenting the success of EDM is provided.

Keywords: acculturation, biculturalism, stress, prevention, culture

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