Unidimensional versus multidimensional approaches to the assessment of acculturation for Asian American populations

Jennifer Abe-Kim, Sumie Okazaki, Sharon G. Goto

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Abstract

This study used generational status and the Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation scale to examine unidimensional versus multidimensional approaches to the conceptualization and measurement of acculturation and their relationships to relevant cultural indicator variables, including measures of Individualism-Collectivism, Independent-Interdependent Self-Construal, Loss of Face, and Impression Management. Multivariate analyses of covariance and partial correlations were used to examine the relationship between the acculturation models and each set of cultural indicator variables while controlling for socioeconomic status. Given that acculturation differences are often cited as evidence for a culture effect between groups, the present findings of an uneven nature of these relationships as a function of the particular acculturation measurement strategy have important implications for research on Asian Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-246
Number of pages15
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Asian Americans
  • Cultural values
  • SL-ASIA
  • Self-construal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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