Using the revised Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans (ARSMA-II) with older adults

Daniel E. Jimenez, Heather L. Gray, Michael Cucciare, Sheba Kumbhani, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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Projections for the year 2030 show that Latinos are expected to make the largest population increase. Cultural values create expectation levels about what will happen to the elderly. Acculturation is a concept that has been studied extensively, yet the relationship between age and acculturation has not been a focus of study. The present study has proposed an alternate way of scoring the ARSMA-II based on receiver operating characteristics. Specifically, this approach looks at participants' responses to two individual items to determine the level of acculturation of the older adults. It is a quicker method and one that could save health care providers a great deal of time as well as help them better understand their clients' level of acculturation; thus, being able to provide the appropriate educational materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalHispanic Health Care International
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Caregiving
  • Ethnicity
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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