Psychology, Interamerican
Development and validation of a pre-migration acculturation measure
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Brown, C. M. (2012). Development and validation of a pre-migration acculturation measure. Revista Interamericana De Psicología/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 45(2). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v45i2.160

Abstract

An area that has been largely overlooked in the acculturation literature is acculturation that occurs before migration.  Therefore, the goal of our study was to develop a measure of pre-migration acculturation that would assess relevant behaviors and anticipations developed in one’s country of origin before migration.  Seventy-four university students who migrated to the United States of America at the age of 10 or older completed an online survey. The results revealed that both pre-migration anticipations and pre-migration behaviors demonstrated good Cronbach’s alphas, providing preliminary evidence of reliability. Pre-migration anticipations and pre-migration behaviors were moderately correlated, providing preliminary evidence of construct validity.  Both pre-migration anticipations and pre-migration behaviors predicted post-migration acculturation to the United States (via a regression analysis), providing preliminary evidence of predictive validity.

https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v45i2.160
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