Assessment on the use of the suinn-lew asian self identity acculturation scale in health studies of asian immigrant populations

Loretta Hsueh, Luz M. Garcini, Anne Q. Zhou, Vanessa L. Malcarne, Elizabeth A. Klonoff

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Abstract

Abstract. The most widely used measure of acculturation among Asians populations is the Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale (SL-ASIA). Purpose: This systematic review aims to: (a) describe population characteristics and methodology used in health studies assessing acculturation, as measured by the SLASIA; (b) evaluate the use of the SL-ASIA in the included studies; (c) summarize associations between acculturation, as measured by the SL-ASIA, and health outcomes; and (d) provide recommendations for future research. Methods: An electronic search was conducted using PsycINFO and MEDLINE. Studies using the SL-ASIA in the context of mental or physical health outcomes in Asian adult populations were included, for a total of 14 studies. Results: Most studies were conducted with Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese immigrants, with the majority being foreign-born. All studies used cross-sectional designs with convenience sampling. More than half used a modified version of the scale, and less than half used a translated version. Psychometric properties and pilot testing of modified/translated versions of the SL-ASIA were underreported. Most findings on the relationship between acculturation, as measured by the SL-ASIA, and health are consistent with research in other immigrant populations. Conclusions: Future studies should include underrepresented groups for a more representative picture of Asian immigrant health, and follow established methodologies for translations of the SL-ASIA. Associations drawn between health and acculturation from the use of the SL-ASIA will facilitate understanding of within-group Asian immigrant differences in the adaptation process, and identify at-risk populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalField Actions Science Report
Volume2015
StatePublished - Feb 14 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Asian
  • Health
  • Immigrants
  • Measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Education
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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