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Effects of acculturation on the MMPI-2 scores of Asian American students.

Author: Tsai,-David-C; Pike,-Patricia-L
Author Background: Philhaven Behavioral Healthcare Services, Mount Gretna, PA, US
Date 4/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Personality-Assessment
Volume/Pages Vol 74(2): 216-230
Subject Matter Asian American, Research, Cross-Cultural-Differences; *Cultural-Assimilation; *Minnesota-Multiphasic-Personality-Inventory; *Test-Validity
Abstract Examined acculturative differences among Asian American college students and their scores on the validity and clinical scales of the MMPI-2. A sample of 90 Asian American students (18-55 yrs old) were assigned to groups based on acculturation level. 90 White students (18-51 yrs old) matched according to selected demographics variables also participated. Analysis of variance tests indicated that low-acculturated, bicultural, and high-acculturated Asian Americans yielded different profiles. Compared to the matched White student sample, low-acculturated Asian Americans scored significantly higher on 9 scales, and bicultural Asian Americans had 6 significantly different scores. High-acculturated Asian Americans did not differ from Whites. Cultural variables to be considered when interpreting Asian American profiles are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)