Acculturation Scales: Short Acculturation Scale for Hispanics

The Short Acculturation Scale for Hispanics (SASH) is one of the most frequently used acculturation scales in research with Latinos. The SASH was developed in 1987 after lengthy analysis of the responses of 363 Hispanics (e.g., Cubans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Central Americans) and 228 Caucasians to questions dealing with ethnic contact patterns, proficiency and preference of language use, preferred ethnicity in social relations, and characteristics of media use. Exploratory principal components factor analyses were conducted on the original responses to identify factors that accounted for large proportions of the variance. The final scale includes items that had correlations greater than .60 on a given factor and did not load heavily in more than one factor.

The SASH includes 12 items measuring linguistic usage and ...

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