Evaluation of a generic brief acculturation scale in a sample of male enlisted naval personnel

Anne E. Norris, Raymond E. Phillips, H. Pacp Kang

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This study examined the reliability and validity of the 3-item Generic Brief Acculturation Scale (GBAS). The GBAS was administered as a part of a larger Navy Health Behavior Survey of male enlisted personnel deployed on aircraft carriers. Analyses are reported here for the subsample for whom English was a second language (n = 529, 15% of original sample). Generic Brief Acculturation Scale reliability was assessed with internal consistency. Validity was assessed using t test and correlation. Results supported reliability and validity: Cronbach α was .81, mean GBAS scores for US-born participants were significantly higher than that for foreign born (P < .05), and GBAS scores were positively correlated with generation (r = 0.34). Additional research with civilian populations is needed, but these findings suggest that the GBAS could be useful either as a quick screen in clinical practice to determine when a translator may be needed or to guide decision making regarding health promotion programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-178
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Nurse Specialist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • LPN and LVN


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