Attitudes toward Acculturative Behavior Scale: Development, reliability, and validity
Numerous measures of acculturation have been developed for use in minority cultures. In this study the Attitudes Toward Acculturative Behavior Scale (AABS) has been developed to measure the attitudes of host culture members toward the acculturative behavior of minority cultures. Items from the East Asian Acculturation Measure (EAAM) were modified as well as new items written in line with the theoretical underpinnings of John Berry’s bidimensional model of acculturation. One-hundred and twenty six (n=126) host culture members who were counselor trainees in master’s-level CACREP accredited programs or in programs closely aligned with CACREP standards participated in this study. Confirmatory Factor Analysis was the principal method for establishing validity of the AABS. The AABS demonstrated acceptable reliability. Some evidence was found for construct validity. The AABS is an appropriate tool for approaching the development of multicultural counseling competencies based on acculturation psychology and is useful in producing evidence of learning in an outcome based education framework. Recommendations for further development of the AABS are presented.
0519: School counseling