An Acculturation Scale for Asian International Students: Development and *validation

Shiou Feng Gu, Purdue University


This research was conducted to help counseling psychologists be able to better understand Asian international students’ unique acculturative and adaptive experiences. Because the current literature lacks a specific acculturation scale for Asian international students, developing a proper acculturation scale that represented these students was the significant contribution of this study. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) with 259 participants was used to test the four factor structure of the 33-item Acculturation Scale for Asian International Students (ASAIS), which was based on Berry’s (1984, 1990) theory. Reliabilities and validities estimates were also examined. Cluster analysis and Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) were used to explore acculturation status differences on perceived gain and loss, and coping. The results indicated that the ASAIS had good internal consistency and acceptable reliabilities and validities. In addition, results indicated that there were significant group differences in Reflective and Reactive coping styles. ^




Mary C. Pistole, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Education, Guidance and Counseling|Psychology, Psychometrics

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