Accession Number : ADA136700

Title :   Acculturation Indices as a Means of Confirming Cultural Differences.

Descriptive Note : Interim technical rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Triandis,H C ; Kashima,Y ; Shimada,E ; Villareal,M

PDF Url : ADA136700

Report Date : Oct 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : When subjects from culture A are becoming acculturated to culture B they may move toward culture B (accommodation), not only move toward B but even go beyond B's position (overshooting), or might move away from the position commonly found in culture B (ethnic affirmation). Three kinds of data were examined to determine which of these patterns of adjustment to another culture take place. For role perceptions and behavioral intentions accommodation and overshooting were by far the most common; for stereotypes there were numerous cases of ethnic affirmation. When ethnic affirmation is the exception rather than the rule, we can use acculturation indices as means of confirming cultural differences. The more acculturated the culture A subject, the less is the difference between that subject's position and the mean of culture B. Data from Hispanics (culture A) and Mainstream (culture B) Navy recruits from three studies show that for role perceptions and behavioral intentions acculturation brings the position of Hispanic subjects close to the position of the Mainstream subjects, and thus allows us to confirm that the simpatia script, reported by Triandis, Marin and Lisansky (in press), is a true cultural difference between Hispanics and Mainstream. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Cross culture(Sociology), *Adjustment(Psychology), *Social psychology, Adaptation, Transitions, Ethnic groups, Patterns, Roles(Behavior), Perception(Psychology), Indexes, Comparison, Hispanics, Attitudes(Psychology), Questionnaires, Recruits, Naval personnel, Personality, Variables, Societies, Classification, Naval research, Statistical analysis, Statistical data

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE