A motivational framework of acculturation

Allon Vishkin*, Gabriel Horenczyk, Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom

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A key distinction in motivational processes is between motivations and the means for pursuing motivations. Despite being a motivated process, existing models of acculturation do not make this distinction, neither empirically nor theoretically. A motivational framework that is informed by theories of goal constructs to understand the process of acculturation is proposed. This model is tested in two distinct samples comprising immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel (N = 239) as well as immigrants from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh to Britain (N = 236). Results revealed that the motivation to preserve one's heritage culture and the motivation to adopt one's host culture were each uniquely associated with the respective means for doing so. Furthermore, outcomes in acculturation were determined by the match between acculturation motivations and acculturation means. These findings demonstrate the theoretical and practical implications of analyzing the process of acculturation using a motivational framework.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numbere2267
Pages (from-to)e2267
JournalBrain and Behavior
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021

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  • acculturation
  • goal pursuit
  • migration
  • motivation
  • well-being


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