A Multi-Study Analysis of Conceptual and Measurement Issues Related to Health Research on Acculturation in Latinos

Arthur R. Andrews, Ana J. Bridges, Debbie Gomez

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Abstract

Purpose: The aims of the study were to evaluate the orthogonality of acculturation for Latinos. Design: Regression analyses were used to examine acculturation in two Latino samples (N = 77; N = 40). In a third study (N = 673), confirmatory factor analyses compared unidimensional and bidimensional models. Method: Acculturation was assessed with the ARSMA-II (Studies 1 and 2), and language proficiency items from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (Study 3). Results: In Studies 1 and 2, the bidimensional model accounted for slightly more variance (R2 Study 1 =.11; R2 Study 2 =.21) than the unidimensional model (R2 Study 1 =.10; R2 Study 2 =.19). In Study 3, the bidimensional model evidenced better fit (Akaike information criterion = 167.36) than the unidimensional model (Akaike information criterion = 1204.92). Discussion/Conclusions: Acculturation is multidimensional. Implications for Practice: Care providers should examine acculturation as a bidimensional construct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-143
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Latinos
  • acculturation
  • correlational designs
  • psychiatric/mental health
  • regression analysis
  • transcultural health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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