Food acculturation experiences of new Iranian skilled migrant mothers in South Australia

Foorough Kavian, John Coveney, Louisa Matwiejczyk, Kaye Mehta

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Aim: This research aimed to investigate the food acculturation experiences of Iranian mothers who have migrated to Australia. Methods: The study used qualitative methodology to interview seven mothers with children aged 5 to 15 years, who: carried primary responsibility for family food provisioning; arrived in Australia within the last 5 years; and spoke reasonably fluent English. Results: Seven mothers were interviewed, and the findings revealed three broad themes: (a) adjusting to foods/foodways in Australia (b) sociocultural identity and (c) children and intergenerational conflict. The study highlighted psychosocial and economic stresses associated with food acculturation for this immigrant group. The impact of food acculturation on immigrant health is intricately linked to the complex balance between maintaining traditional cultural identity and practices, while at the same time adapting to the food culture and practices of the new home. Conclusions: Dietitians and healthcare professionals working with such immigrant groups need to consider food acculturation stress as a factor contributing to the health risks of new immigrants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-441
Number of pages8
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Issue number4
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

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  • acculturation
  • food preferences
  • immigration
  • mothers
  • qualitative research


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