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NCJ Number: 218644 Find in a Library
Title: Comparison of Acculturation Measures Among Hispanic/Latino Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:36  Issue:4  Dated:May 2007  Pages:555-565
Author(s): Jennifer B. Unger; Anamara Ritt-Olson; Karla Wagner; Daniel Soto; Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati
Date Published: May 2007
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA016310
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the several commonly-used self-report acculturation measures among a sample of Hispanic/Latino adolescents.
Abstract: Findings indicated that the acculturation scales differed significantly, indicating that the conclusions of a study might differ depending on which acculturation scale is used for measurement. The results of this analysis suggest that if possible, multiple acculturation scales be administered during the course of a study in order to capture the varied dimensions of acculturation. The authors further suggest that efforts should be made toward refining and operationalizing the complex construct of acculturation so that one survey measure can accurately represent it. Future research should include acculturation measures in surveys of adolescents so that associations between acculturation and various other risk and protective factors can be examined. Participants were 221 Hispanic/Latino students recruited for the study through their ninth grade classes at a public school in Los Angeles, CA during April 2005. English and Spanish versions of the survey collected information about demographic characteristics, drug use, acculturation, peer characteristics, and family characteristics. Included in the survey were three different multi-item measures all designed to measure U.S./White orientation and Hispanic/Latino orientation: the Orthogonal Culture Identification Scale, the ARSMA-II, and the AHIMSA. Statistical data analyses included the use of frequencies, means, and Pearson correlations. Additional research is required for agreement on which scale best captures the essential elements of acculturation among adolescents. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Cultural influences; Instrument validation
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Data collection devices; Questionnaires; Research and development
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