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Acculturation is the process of cultural and psychological change following contact between cultural groups and their individual members. The acculturation process implies mutual influence between members of the two cultures or groups, although acculturation is usually characterized by the members of a minority group adopting the habits, beliefs, behaviours and language patterns of the dominant group. However, the dominant group may also adopt patterns typical of the minority group. Patterns that can change in the acculturation process include language preference, common attitudes and values, members popular in common social groups and institutions and separate political or ethnic identification.



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Hispanic Center of Excellence, Rice University. Acculturation. Online:

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