Dr. Sandra Echeverria, a professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and colleagues analyzed novel topics emerging in recent years in research on Latino immigrants, acculturation, and health. The work is published in the Annual Review in Public Health.
[Photo: Dr. Sandra Echeverria]
In the last ten years, there has been a growth of studies testing new ways to conceptualize and understand how acculturation-related processes may influence health. These new frameworks draw from integrative approaches testing new ground to acknowledge the fundamental role of ‘context’ and policy. The authors classified the emerging body of evidence according to themes that they identified as promising directions—intrapersonal, interpersonal, social environmental, community, political, and global contexts, and cross-cutting themes in life course and developmental approaches, and segmented assimilation—and discussed the challenges and opportunities each presents. This body of work, which considers acculturation ‘in context,’ points to the emergence of a new wave of research that holds great promise in driving forward the study of Latino immigrants, acculturation and health. The researchers provided suggestions for further advancing the ideologic and methodologic rigor of this new wave.