APH 2000, 58, 1-5:

Measuring acculturation among immigrants.

P. Buekens, A. Manson, and T. Delvaux

Keywords: acculturation, Belgium, migrants

The term "acculturation" refers to the process of cultural change in which one group or members of a group assimilate various cultural patterns from another. Acculturation could influence the health status of immigrants in Belgium. Acculturation might be detrimental when it is associated with changes such as increase in smoking, less healthy diet, and loss of social networks.  Measures of acculturation are needed to understand the evolution of the health status of immigrants in Belgium.  Existing instruments to measure acculturation should be validated in the Belgian context, and new instruments should be developed. Simple Indexes mostly measuring language should be compared to a more detailed instrument, which should be based on a good understanding of acculturation in Belgium.