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Acculturation Scales: Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale

Developed to gauge acculturation in Asian Americans, the Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale (SL-ASIA) assesses the cognitive, behavioral, and attitudinal aspects of acculturation. The SL-ASIA is the most widely used measure of acculturation in Asian American populations. The SL-ASIA is based on a unilinear conceptualization of acculturation, which suggests that increased adherence to mainstream culture results in the reduction of adherence to the person's culture of origin.

The SL-ASIA is a paper-and-pencil self-report scale that consists of 21 multiple-choice items, each of which is rated on a five-point scale. Items assess language, identity, friendship choice, behaviors, generation and geographic history, and attitudes, and they are worded so as to be relevant to various Asian subgroups (e.g., Korean, Chinese, and Japanese). Scores are obtained by summing the ...

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