ERIC Number: EJ723425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 20
The Reliability and Validity of the Brief Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans-II for Children and Adolescents
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v27 n4 p426-441 2005
This study investigated the reliability and validity of the Brief Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans-II (ARSMA-II) using two samples of Mexican American children: 292 middle school students from a mid-sized culturally diverse southwestern city, and 116 third- through fifth-graders in culturally homogeneous rural elementary schools. Results provided evidence of the reliability and validity of this measure of acculturation for both age levels. Factor analysis supported the two-scale structure reported by Cuellar. Internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) was adequate for both samples. Validity was demonstrated by the significant association between the distribution of acculturation status and sample group. Language of form (English or Spanish) selected by the student was correlated with acculturation status.
Descriptors: Validity, Acculturation, Rating Scales, Factor Analysis, Mexican Americans, Reliability, Minority Group Children, Correlation, Language Usage, English, Spanish
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans