Dr. Sandra Echeverria, a professor at the CUNY School of Public Health with colleagues published on Latino immigrants, acculturation and health. The work is published in the Annual Review of Public Health.
[Photo: Dr. Sandra Echeverria]
The researchers analyzed novel topics emerging in recent years in research on Latino immigrants, acculturation and health. 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 researchers 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. They also discussed the challenges and opportunities each direction presented. 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 authors provide suggestions for further advancing the ideologic and methodologic rigor of this new wave.