A Preliminary Report on a New Measure

Internalization of the Model Minority Myth Measure (IM-4) and Its Psychological Correlates Among Asian American College Students

Hyung Yoo, Kimberly S. Burrola, Michael F. Steger

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Abstract

This investigation is a preliminary report on a new measure of internalization of the model minority myth. In 3 studies, there was evidence for the validation of the 15-item Internalization of the Model Minority Myth Measure (IM-4), with 2 subscales. The Model Minority Myth of Achievement Orientation referred to the myth of Asian Americans' greater success than other racial minority groups associated with their stronger work ethics, perseverance, and drives to succeed. The Model Minority Myth of Unrestricted Mobility referred to the myth of Asian Americans' greater success than other racial minority groups associated with their stronger belief in fairness of treatment and lack of perceived racism or barriers at school or work. The 2-subscale structure of the IM-4 was supported by a combination of exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, with support of discriminant, convergent, and incremental validity, as well as internal reliability and stability over 2 weeks. The IM-4 is a new measure that taps into a uniquely racialized experience of Asian Americans with research and clinical implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-127
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

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Keywords

  • Asian American
  • ethnic identity
  • model minority
  • psychological adjustment
  • racial stereotype

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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