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date: 23 October 2020

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The purpose of this book is to bridge “basic” theory and research on acculturation—that is, what acculturation is, how it operates, and what are the appropriate methods to study it—with “applied” acculturation research—that is, how acculturation affects various health behaviors and outcomes among migrant populations. This introductory chapter reviews current theory and research on acculturation and health and points to future directions for the field. We also propose some new ideas to help move the field forward. The chapter also lays out the structure of and goals for the book. Fundamental definitional issues regarding what acculturation is, and how it could relate to health outcomes, are covered.

Keywords: acculturation, health, measurement, immigrant, research, outcome

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