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    Temporal Acculturation and Mental Health in Modern Ireland

    MacLachlan, Malcolm and Smyth, Caroline and Breen, Fiona and Madden, Tonya (2004) Temporal Acculturation and Mental Health in Modern Ireland. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 50 (4). pp. 345-350. ISSN 0020-7640

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    Background: Research on geographic acculturation has demonstrated an association between the sort of acculturation strategy adopted by migrants and their mental health status. However, there have been no studies of the relationship between temporal acculturation - attempts to adapt to change within the same society over time - and mental health. Method: We explored the relevance of Berry’s bidimensional framework of acculturation, to perceptions of social change within Ireland over the last 10 years, in a sample of 735 members of the general public. Results: There was a significant relationship between temporal acculturation strategy and mental health. An acculturation strategy of assimilating into ‘modern’ Ireland was associated with significantly better mental health than an ambivalent acculturation strategy. Conclusions: This is a first exploration of the relationship between temporal acculturation and mental health. While models of geographic acculturation are relevant to temporal acculturation, we have also identified a new category of acculturation strategy, ambivalence, as being associated with the poorest mental health outcomes.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Temporal acculturation; mental health; modern Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16536
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2022 15:38
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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