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Instrument Development: Cultural Adaptations for Ethnic Minority Research
Instrument development: Cultural adaptations for ethnic minority research

Research on ethnic minorities requires instrumentation that is sensitive to cultural variations. Psychological research on minorities usually involves comparisons among different ethnic groups. These comparisons demand instruments capable of identifying similar psychological phenomena in dissimilar groups. A challenge to the researcher who is studying diverse ethnic groups or cultures is to ensure that the assessment tools are equivalent across groups. Only by achieving this equivalence will it be possible to compare substantive results not confounded by instrumentation artifacts. Attaining this equivalence to study ethnic minorities in the United States sometimes requires translations into languages other than English, for example, to study Hispanics, Asian Americans, or Native Americans. For all ethnic ...

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