Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2018

Article 7
Caribbean Migration and Globalization: Illuminating New Global Patterns of Acculturation and Adaptation in the 21st Century

Gail M. Ferguson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


At this particular point in history, what do we know about the cultural and health consequences for Caribbean people of coming into contact with new cultures, both those in the Diaspora abroad and those who remain in the region? New Caribbean research over the last several years has illuminated global patterns of acculturation and adaptation for 21st Century youth, adults, and families. This paper summarizes theory, research, and applications pertaining to new forms of acculturation occurring among Caribbean people. This paper also analyzes how well Caribbean people are adapting to their cultural surroundings focusing both on families abroad in the diaspora and those within the region.