The Scale of Ethnic Experience Long and Short Forms in Spanish and English: Psychometric Findings from the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study

Vanessa L. Malcarne, Erin L. Merz, Patricia Gonzalez, Carmen R. Isasi, Elena L. Navas-Nacher, Krista M. Perreira, Sheila F. Casta˜neda, Frank J. Penedo, Linda C. Gallo

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the psychometric properties and cross-group equivalence of scores from Spanish and English long and short forms of the Scale of Ethnic Experience (SEE; Malcarne et al., 2006) in a multisite representative cohort from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Method: Hispanic/Latino adults (N = 5,313) completed a battery of measures, including the original 32-item SEE, in their preferred language of Spanish or English. A 12-item version of the SEE, comprised of three items representing each of the four original subscales, was created and evaluated for invariance across language and self-identified heritage (Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American, Dominican, and South American). Internal consistency reliability and convergent/discriminant validity of the subscales were also evaluated. Results: Results of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) did not support the four-subscale structure of the original 32-item SEE (Ethnic Identity, Perceived Discrimination, Social Affiliation, and Mainstream Comfort). Multigroup CFA supported the structural invariance of the SEE-Short Form across language and heritage groups. Patterns for convergent and discriminant validity were generally within expected effect sizes and directions, and consistent across language and heritage. Conclusions: Psychometric findings support the utility of the newly developed 12-item short form of the SEE for measuring multiple dimensions of ethnic experience in Hispanic/Latino adults in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ethnicity
  • Hispanic/latino
  • Psychometrics
  • Short form
  • Spanish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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