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Using the revised Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans (ARSMA-II) with older adults

TitleUsing the revised Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans (ARSMA-II) with older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsJimenez, DE, Gray, HL, Cucciare, M, Kumhani, S, Gallagher-Thompson, D
JournalHispanic Health Care InternationalHispanic Health Care International
ISBN Number1540-4153
KeywordsAcculturation, Adult, Aged, California, Chi Square Test, Clinical Assessment Tools, Coefficient Alpha, Data Analysis Software, Descriptive Statistics, Educational Status, English as a Second Language, Factor Analysis, Female, Funding Source, Hispanics, Human, Immigrants, Instrument Validation, Middle Age, One-Way Analysis of Variance, Psychological Tests, ROC Curve, Scales, Social Behavior, Social Identity, Summated Rating Scaling, Validation Studies, Whites
AbstractProjections for the year 2030 show that Latinos are expected to make the largest population increase. Cultural values create expectation levels about what will happen to the elderly. Acculturation is a concept that has been studied extensively, yet the relationship between age and acculturation has not been a focus of study. The present study has proposed an alternate way of scoring the ARSMA-II based on receiver operating characteristics. Specifically, this approach looks at participants' responses to two individual items to determine the level of acculturation of the older adults. It is a quicker method and one that could save health care providers a great deal of time as well as help them better understand their clients' level of acculturation; thus, being able to provide the appropriate educational materials.