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Validating Culture- and Gender-Specific Constructs

A Mixed Method Approach to Advance Assessment Procedures in Cross-Cultural Settings

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Co-published in Journal of Applied School Psychology, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2006, pp. 13-33; and in Multicultural Issues in School Psychology, pp. 13-33. Copyright 2006 by The Haworth Press, Inc. Written by John Hitchcock and colleagues of ICF Caliber, this article describes a mixed-method (i.e., quantitative and qualitative) approach for developing a psychological measure that accounts for cultural factors. Despite ongoing calls for developing cultural competency among mental health practitioners, few assessment instruments consider cultural variation in psychological constructs.

To meet the challenge of developing measures for minority and international students, it is necessary to account for the influence culture may have on the latent constructs that form a given instrument. What complicates matters further is that individual factors (e.g., gender) within a culture necessitate additional refinement of factor structures on which such instruments are based. The current work endeavors to address these concerns by demonstrating a mixed-methods approach utilized to assess construct validation within a specific culture, and in turn develop culturally-specific instruments. Article copies are available from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1.800.HAWORTH.

Authored By

  • John Hitchcock

    Expert ConsultantICF International

    Dr. John Hitchcock is the Principal Investigator of a What Works Clearinghouse review of interventions designed to meet the needs of K-12 students with emotional-behavioral disorders. His areas of interest include educational and psychological interventions for special needs children, school psychology, cross-cultural psychological research and technical assistance to educators.

    He has authored more than 20 papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and federal websites. A certified school psychologist, he holds three degrees from the University at Albany, State University of New York, including a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

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Published: Jan 1, 2006
Source: ICF International

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