The Relationship Between Autobiographical Memory and Acculturation: How Identity Reconstruction gets Represented in the Memories of Immigrants.
This study looked at the relationship between acculturation and the quality of autobiographical memories of 50 young immigrants. By using a free recall method of autobiographical memories of the first 5 years following immigration, and self-ratings, the study assessed the quality of memories, such as vividness, emotionality, importance, focus of the memory (i.e. self versus environment), visual perspective, and language. Acculturation was measured through an adapted version of the Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans-II. Interactions between acculturation or fluency in English at the time of immigration and memory age were significantly related to memory qualities suggesting identity reconstruction (self-narrative hypothesis), and language as an important vehicle for culture.
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Acculturation; Autobiographical memory; identity
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