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The Homesickness and Contentment scale: Developing a culturally sensitive measure of adjustment for Asians.

Author: Shin, Heajong; Abell, Neil
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Date 1/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Research-on-Social-Work-Practice
Volume/Pages Vol 9(1): 45-60
Subject Matter Asian Pacific Islander
Abstract This article reports the validity and reliability of the Homesickness and Contentment (HC) scale. The HC scale is a 20-item scale that evolved from a 30-item Homesickness, Loneliness, and Depression scale. The HC scale is intended to be culturally sensitive to an Asian population in measuring emotional and psychological adjustment to a new culture. Unlike other measures of adjustment developed for and tested on Western samples, the HC scale takes into account the private nature of Asians when examining symptoms of homesickness and contentment. Data collected from 201 Chinese and Korean graduate students and spouses in an American university were used for various psychometric tests. Overall, the HC scale showed excellent subscale reliability, high global reliability, high face and factorial validities, and preliminary construct validity. Discussions on validity, reliability, and utility are presented. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)