Validating the Multidimensional Measure of Cultural Identity Scales for Latinos Among Latina Mothers and Daughters

Frank R. Dillon, Maria Félix-Ortiz, Christopher Rice, Mario De La Rosa, Patria Rojas, Rui Duan

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Abstract

The psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Measure of Cultural Identity Scales for Latinos (MMCISL; Félix-Ortiz, Newcomb, & Myers, 1994) have never been examined in an adult Latina sample representing various levels of nativity and nationality. The rationale for the study was to confirm the factor structure and psychometric properties of the MMCISL with a predominantly immigrant sample of Latina mothers and daughters (n = 316). Adequate reliability estimates were found for 6 of the original 10 scales. Confirmatory factor analyses provided evidence of construct validity for the reliable scales. The Preferred Latino Affiliation scale was the only scale to meet strict measurement invariance criteria across mothers and daughters. Criterion validity was evidenced by relations between the Familiarity with Latino Culture scale and all criterion variables. Implications for acculturation and cultural identity research involving the MMCISL are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-201
Number of pages11
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • Latina
  • acculturation
  • cultural identity
  • invariance
  • measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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