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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Development and validation of the acculturative stress scale for Chinese College Students in the United States (ASSCS)
by Bai, Jieru, Ph.D., Indiana University, 2012, 156; 3610096
Abstract (Summary)

Chinese students are the biggest ethnic group of international students in the United States. Previous studies have identified many unique problems of Chinese students during their acculturation process and a higher level of acculturative stress than international students from other countries. A systematic review of instruments that assess acculturative stress revealed that none of the existing scales apply to Chinese students in the United States, either because of language issues or validity problems. Thus, this study aims to develop a reliable and valid scale to accurately measure the acculturative stress of Chinese students in the United States.

A 72-item pool was generated by interviewing eight Chinese students and borrowing items from existing literature and scales. The item pool was sent online to 607 Chinese students and 267 of them completed the survey. Exploratory Factor Analysis was conducted to empirically derive the factor structure of the Acculturative Stress Scale for Chinese Students (ASSCS). The results produced a 32-item scale in five dimensions, which were Language Insufficiency, Social Isolation, Perceived Discrimination, Academic Pressure, and Guilt toward Family.

The ASSCS demonstrated high reliability (Cronbach's alpha = 0.939) and initial validity by predicting depression (Beta = 0.490, p<.001) and life satisfaction (Beta = -0.505, p<.001). It was the first Chinese scale of acculturative stress developed and validated among a Chinese student sample in the United States. Further studies need to be conducted to provide empirical support and confirm the validity for the scale. In the future, the scale can be used as diagnosing tool and self-assessment tool.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Adame, Margaret E.
Commitee: Chan, Cecilia L.W., Daley, James G., Pike, Cathy K., Rand, Kevin L.
School: Indiana University
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: ASSCS, Acculturative stress, Chinese students, Scale development, Stress scale
Publication Number: 3610096
ISBN: 978-1-303-69659-6
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