By Vanessa Smith Castro
This volume examines the effects of intercultural contact and acculturation on individuals' feelings of self-regard in Latin American settings, revealing general aspects of the acculturation processes that may apply across groups and specific outcomes. It focuses on the effects of acculturation on self-esteem among adolescents. Opening with an account of relevant theoretical and empirical literature on interethnic contact and acculturation, it represents an "acid test" of the cross-cultural applicability of theory and method largely derived from research on acculturation to North American and European settings. Much research has focused on acculturation processes among ethnic immigrants and ethnic minorities leading to the impression that host or majority groups remain unchangeable during acculturation. By contrast, this volume shows that psychological changes occur in all groups involved in the contact, reinforcing the idea that acculturation is a special case of mutual influence.