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Self-reported integration as a proxy for acculturation: A qualitative study
Center for Family and Community Medicine, MigraMed, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden, Center for Family and Community Medicine, MigraMed, Karolinska Institute, Alfred Nobels allé 12, SE-141 83 Huddinge, Sweden.
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
Center for Family and Community Medicine, MigraMed, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden.
2007 (English)In: Nursing Research, ISSN 0029-6562, Vol. 56, no 1, 63-69 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: It is essential to account for acculturation in any research conducted in multicultural populations. Both unidimensional and bidimensional approaches are used to measure the extent of acculturation, however, neither one of them is optimal. OBJECTIVE: To explore the immigrants' rating of the extent of their acculturation (self-reported integration) in contrast to an external (researchers') measurement. METHODS: Fifteen in-depth interviews with strategically sampled Russian-speaking men and women aged 25-70 years, with varying marital and employment status and living permanently in Stockholm, Sweden, were analyzed using a content analysis technique. The results were validated by means of a series of additional mini-interviews by telephone. RESULTS: The immigrants' self-reported integration corresponded with the researchers' bidimensional measurement of the extent of acculturation of these immigrants. Self-reported integration accounted for the mastering of the formal criteria of integration, resolving of grief concerning the homeland, and fulfilling the internal criteria of integration. DISCUSSION: Self-reported integration may be used as a proxy for acculturation but its application should be tested primarily in other settings and in a quantitative analysis. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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2007. Vol. 56, no 1, 63-69 p.
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Acculturation, Self-reported integration
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50030DOI: 10.1097/00006199-200701000-00008OAI: diva2:270926
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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