ERIC Number: ED241588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Validation of Two Measures of Acculturation for Chinese Americans.
Lue, Lawrence J.; Malony, H. Newton
Two acculturation measures, Szapocznik's (1978) Behavioral Acculturation Scale and Dawson's (1971) Chinese Traditional-Modern Scale, were adapted and applied to two college-aged groups of first and second generation Chinese Americans and one group of Caucasian Americans. Hypotheses concerned the empirical and construct validity of both measures relative to the Chinese American population. Results of the study supported both hypotheses for the behavioral acculturation measure, but only confirmed the empirical validity of the value acculturation measure. Conditional acceptance of the construct validity of the value acculturation measure seemed warranted after some discussion of the complex nature of the value acculturation process and a review of other research done with this scale. The two acculturation measures, taken together, provide a two-dimensional approach to the assessment of acculturation among Chinese Americans and are capable of quantifying the intergenerational/acculturational conflicts which arise in Chinese-American families and allow for the rigorous assessment of the impact of such conflicts on the mental health of that population. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Behavioral Acculturation Scale (Szapocynik); Chinese Traditional Modern Scale (Dawson)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (San Francisco, CA, April 1983).