Migration & Acculturation

Acculturation means all processes of adaptation that result from a persistent collision of individuals from different cultures. I have developed my own acculturation scale which conceptualizes acculturation strategies pursued by migrants as a continually distributed, tow-dimensional individual trait – the Frankfurt Acculturation Scale (FRAKK). The scale consists of two independent factors, namely orientation towards the culture of origin and orientation towards the new culture. My own investigations show differently distributed acculturation strategies depending on the ethnic group the migrants come from. Furthermore, correlations between acculturation strategy and medical complaints as well as depressive symptoms in adolescents were found. 

Contact: Prof. Dr. Stephan Bongard (bongard@psych.uni-frankfurt.de)