The Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale: Test with a Non-student, Asian-American sample

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Shiretta F. Ownbey
Patricia E. Horridge
Cite this article:  Ownbey, S., & Horridge, P. (1998). The Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale: Test with a Non-student, Asian-American sample. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 26(1), 57-68.


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Ethnic diversity is a major trend in the United States with Asian Americans constituting a rapidly growing percentage of the population. Consequently, acculturation among Asian-Americans is an important issue since ethnic diversity both offers cultural richness and contributes to challenges for educational systems, public health services, and entities concerned with consumer practices. The Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation (SL-ASIA) Scale was tested with a non-student, random sample (N = 124) comprised of Chinese- and Filipino-Americans aged 18 and over who lived in San Francisco. Resulting data confirmed results of an initial study of the SL-ASIA; the test scores resulted in acceptable reliability measures and the instrument contains items which are promising for accurate measurement of acculturation level among Asian-American populations.
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