ERIC Number: ED450295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Acculturation, SES, and the MMPI-A Performance of Hispanic Adolescents.
Mendoza-Newman, Mary C.; Greene, Roger L.; Velasquez, Roberto J.
This paper discusses a study that examined the relationship between acculturation and socioeconomic status (SES) on two scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A) for Hispanic adolescents (N=65). The study hypothesized that higher levels of acculturation and SES in Hispanic adolescents would be related to scale L (Lie) and related directly to scale 5 (Masculinity-Femininity) of the MMPI-A. The study also hypothesized that acculturation and SES would not differ in their relative contributions to Scales l and 5. The findings did not support the inverse relationship between levels of acculturation, SES, and Scale L; nor did they support the direct relationship between levels of acculturation, SES, and Scale 5. These findings are contrary to research findings with Hispanic adults and the MMPI and MMPI-2. The results suggest that low acculturated and low SES Hispanic adolescents in this sample responded with an appropriate balance between admitting and denying minor social faults. While there exists a common traditional belief in the Hispanic culture that a person does not ask for help and does not discuss problems outside the home, the clinical implications of these findings suggest that Hispanic adolescents may be more accepting of seeking help, perhaps even seeking mental health services. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory