Acculturation is closely linked to the development of identity within the host culture. Moving from their primary culture to the host culture disrupts several aspects of the developmental path. Firstly, the attachment process can be disrupted when a young person tries to adapt and adjust to Australian peer culture, and as a result may encounter conflict with family members. Secondly, developing an identity in adolescence can cause stress and strain on young people as they contend with the pressures of modern western society and their parent’s fear of their child/young person adapting and losing their primary culture. Thirdly, the host culture (western society) may perceive that young people are a threat and therefore create conditions that promote feelings of depression, anxiety or seeking revenge. Positive acculturation occurs only if the young person feels welcome and valued, increasing chances of integrative acculturation. (Landrine & A. Klonoff, 1996)

Copyright 2019 Dr. Carol Schultz

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