Journal of Immigrant Health

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 179–184

Measuring Acculturation Among Male Arab Immigrants in the United States: An Exploratory Study


DOI: 10.1007/s10903-005-3674-9

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Barry, D.T. J Immigrant Health (2005) 7: 179. doi:10.1007/s10903-005-3674-9


Given the absence of empirical measures that assess acculturation patterns among male Arab immigrants, a new acculturation instrument was developed and evaluated. One hundred and fifteen adult male Arab immigrants were administered the Male Arab Acculturation Scale (MAAS), and psychometrically established measures of ethnic identity and self-esteem. Satisfactory reliability is reported for the two acculturation scales, separation/assimilation and integration/marginalization. Ethnic identity, self-construal, personal self-esteem, and collective self-esteem appear to be differentially associated with acculturation patterns among male Arab immigrants.

Key words

Arab acculturation ethnic identity self-construal self-esteem 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineNew Haven

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