Directed by Dr. Gail M. Ferguson, our lab is studying the impact of 21st Century globalization on cultural, developmental, and family processes such as acculturation, enculturation, and family health. We are working to better understand and promote the resilience of youth and parents who are engaging with cultures from afar using globaliz ation avenues like media/technology, whether those be new cultures (i.e., remote acculturation) or heritage cultures in which they do not reside (i.e., remote enculturation).
We are transnational. We conduct our research and intervention internationally (especially in the Majority World / low/middle-income countries), and in the U.S. We often use the Jamaican Diaspora as a case study, meaning that we study both Jamaican non-immigrants living on the island and Jamaican immigrants living in the United States to develop new theory, research, and interventions that are later extended to other groups.
We are transdisciplinary. We have active transdisciplinary partnerships with scholars in media/advertising and nutrition.
We are translational. Our basic and applied research studies inform the development of preventive interventions to promote the resilience of globalizing youth and families.
Some topics of focus in the Culture and Family Life Lab are:
- Remote acculturation of non-immigrants across countries (vodcast)
- Americanization (flyer and 2-min video)
- Jamaicanization (vlog)
- U.S. media as a risk factor for health habits internationally (podcast)
- Transdisciplinary global health interventions based on remote acculturation (JUS Media? Programme)
- Intergenerational discrepancies and acculturation gaps (abstract)
- Remote enculturation of youth growing up outside their heritage countries (poster)
- Cultural identity variability in plural societies (journal article)
- Tridimensional/3D acculturation of minority immigrants (brief on immigrant youth recommendations)
- Child/adolescent development in Jamaican/Caribbean families (press release)
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