Acculturation and immigration experience

Immigration and acculturation present unique challenges for immigrant populations and have linked to long term wellbeing of Asian and Ethnic Minority groups. Migration experience is not uniform across or within AEM groups, being influenced by the country and culture of origin, reasons for migration, language ability, perceptions of New Zealand and immigration age.

The emerging literature suggests that different strategies are being used by AEM to address the stresses associated with immigration and acculturation. A measure of ethno-cultural identity conflict has been developed by Ward, Stuart and Kus (2011).

Di Cosmo, C., Milfont, T. L., Robinson, E., Denny, S. J., Ward, C., Crengle, S., & Ameratunga, S. N. (2011). Immigrant status and acculturation influence substance use among New Zealand youth. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(5), 434-441. Read here.  

Kim, H., & Hocking, C. (2016). The mutual relationship between immigrants’ disrupted everyday activities and their health: A grounded theory of experiences of Korean immigrants settling in New Zealand. Social Work in Public Health, 31(3), 113-126. Read here.

Montayre, J., Neville, S., & Holroyd, E. (2017). Moving backwards, moving forward: The experiences of older Filipino migrants adjusting to life in New Zealand. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, 12(1), 1347011. Read here.

Park, H., & Kim, C. G. (2013). Ageing in an inconvenient paradise: The immigrant experiences of older Korean people in New Zealand. AustralAsian Journal on Ageing, 32(3), 158-162. Read here.  

Shang, S., O’Driscoll, M. P., & Roche, M. (2017). Moderating role of acculturation in a mediation model of work-family conflict among Chinese immigrants in New Zealand. Stress & Health, 33(1), 55-68. Read here.

Shrestha-Ranjit, J., Patterson, E., Manias, E., Payne, D., & Koziol-McLain, J. (2017). Effectiveness of primary health care services in addressing mental health needs of minority refugee population in New Zealand. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(4), 290-300. Read here.

Ward, C., Stuart, J., & Kus, L. (2011). The construction and validation of a measure of ethno-cultural identity conflict. Journal of Personality Assessment, 93(5), 462-473. Read here.

Wen Li, W., Hodgetts, D., & Ho, E. (2010). Gardens, transitions and identity reconstruction among older Chinese immigrants to New Zealand. Journal of Health Psychology, 15(5), 786-796.  Read here.