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The Acculturation Scale

The Acculturation Scale
Below are statements about the Vietnamese and American (mainstream Anglo American) culture. Please tell us how strongly you agree or disagree with each statement. There are no right or wrong or good or bad answers‚ so please be honest. We just want to know what you think. Use the following scale to circle the number that best applies to you. Answer all the items.
1=Strongly disagree
2=Disagree
3=(Neither agree nor disagree) neutral
4=Agree
5=Strongly agree
1. I would like to watch more American TV programs or movies
2. I would like to listen to more Vietnamese music.
3. I would like to retain (or keep) the Vietnamese way of life.
4. I would like to belong to American groups or clubs.
5. It is all right for boys/girls to choose their own career.
6. I want to speak English at home.
7. Children should follow their parents’ wishes about dating (when and whom to date).
8. I dress like students who just came from Vietnam (e.g.‚ traditional Vietnamese clothes).
9. If I had the opportunity‚ I would like to travel throughout America.
10. I like to eat Vietnamese food.
11. It is okay to question parents’ authority/judgment/decisions.
12. I dress mostly like other American students.
13. I would like to watch more Vietnamese TV programs or movies.
14. It is important for Vietnamese people to get up to date information about Vietnam.
15. I believe that I should do what is best for me.
16. I think it is important to learn about Vietnamese history and traditions.
17. If I had the opportunity‚ I would like to travel throughout Vietnam.
18. Children should follow their parents ’ wishes about choosing a career.
19. It is important for Vietnamese people to get up to date information about America.
20. I think daughters should live by themselves as soon as they finish school.
21. I would like to belong to Vietnamese groups or clubs.
22. Most of my closest friends are Americans.
23. I feel at ease with American people.
24. Family matters should be handled democratically – where kids can also have a say.
25. As far as behaviors and values‚ I am ‘‘American’’.
26. I think Vietnamese people should date or marry other Vietnamese.
27. It is important for family members to be with outsiders (neighbors‚ friends etc.).
28. I want to adopt (or take up) the American way of life.
29. It is the children’s responsibility to take care of their elders (parents‚ etc.).
30. My room is decorated in Vietnamese style.
31. I enjoy going to American gatherings/parties.
32. Family members should prefer to be with each other.
33. It is important to me to incorporate American values.
34. I think daughters should live with their parents until they get married.
35. I think it is important to learn about American history and traditions.
36. I think that youthfulness in our society should be greatly valued.
37. It is okay to put one’s elders in nursing homes‚ if necessary.
38. I like to eat American food.
39. It is important to me to preserve my Vietnamese heritage.
40. I think it is okay if Vietnamese people date or marry other Americans.
41. Grandparents should have more influence than parents in family matters.
42. I enjoy going to Vietnamese gatherings/parties.
43. Children should follow their parents wishes about marriage (when and whom to marry).
44. Girls over the age of 18 should be allowed to move away from home to go to college and/or to take a job.
45. I would like to listen to more American music.
46. Because of their age‚ wisdom‚ and experience‚ I think elders deserve respect.
47. As far as behaviors and values‚ I am ‘‘Vietnamese’’.
48. My room is decorated in American style.
49. Parents always know what is best.
50. I believe that my actions should be based mainly on the well -being of the family. (I should do what is best for my family).
51. Most of my closest friends are Vietnamese.
52. It is all right for boys/girls over the age of 18 to decide when and whom to marry.
53. When a boy/girl reaches the age of 16‚ it is all right for him/her to decide when and whom to date.
54. I feel at ease with Vietnamese people.
55. The oldest girl in the family should help her family take care of the house and the younger children whether she wants to or not.
56. I want to speak the Vietnamese at home.
Source: From Huong Nguyen and Alexander von Eve (2002). The Acculturation Scale for
Vietnamese Adolescents (ASVA): A bidimensional perspective. Int J Behav Dev‚ 26(3). Tables
3 and 4‚ pp. 202‚ 213. Reproduced with permission from Huong Nguyen Phd. Copyright
International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD)‚ 2002‚ by permission of Sage Publications Ltd.
The next questions are a little bit different from those above. So read them carefully. They are about your behaviors —how often you engage in certain activities. Please circle the answer that best fits you: 1 =Never; 2 =Rarely; 3 =Sometimes; 4 =Often; 5 =always Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always
57. How often do you listen to American music?
58. How often do you watch American movies or TV programs?
59. How often do you go to Vietnamese gatherings/parties?
60. How often do you eat Vietnamese food?
61. How often do you speak English?
62. How often do you try to learn more about the Vietnamese culture (history‚ customs‚ etc.)?
63. How often do you participate in American groups (sports‚ hobbies‚ clubs‚ etc.)?
64. How often do you read Vietnamese newspapers or magazines?
65. How often do you eat American food?
66. How often do you interact with Vietnamese people?
67. How often do you try to learn about American culture (history‚ traditions‚ customs‚ etc.)?
68. How often do you hang out with Vietnamese friends?
69. How often do you read American newspapers or magazines?
70. How often do you participate in Vietnamese groups (sports‚ hobbies‚ clubs‚ etc.)?
71. How often do you speak the Vietnamese language?
72. How often do you interact with American people?
73. How often do you go to American gatherings/parties?
74. How often do you listen to Vietnamese music?
75. How often do you watch Vietnamese movies or TV programs?
76. How often do you hang out with American friends?
Source: From Huong Nguyen and Alexander von Eve (2002). The Acculturation Scale for
Vietnamese Adolescents (ASVA): A bidimensional perspective. Int J Behav Dev‚ 26(3). Tables
3 and 4‚ pp. 202‚ 213. Reproduced with permission from Huong Nguyen Phd. Copyright
International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD)‚ 2002‚ by permission
of Sage Publications Ltd.

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