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Cross-cultural measurements of psychological well-being: the psychometric equivalence of Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Laotian translations of the Affect Balance Scale.
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PMID:  9184508     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This paper evaluates the cultural equivalence of Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Laotian translations of the Affect Balance Scale. METHODS: The scale was completed by 399 Vietnamese, 193 Laotian, 756 Cantonese, and 319 English speakers who were participants in the Clarke Institute-University of Toronto Refugee Resettlement Project (n = 1667). RESULTS: Confirmatory factor analyses indicated a good fit between the hypothesized two-factor model (separate factors for positive and negative affect) across the original English-language version and each of the Asian-language translations. Factorial invariance (numbers and patterns of factor loadings) was evident across all versions of the scale. No evidence of item bias was detected by mixed Language x Item analyses of variance. Acceptable reliability was observed; coefficient alphas ranged from .62 to .72 for positive affect and from .62 to .70 for negative affect items. CONCLUSIONS: These findings substantiate the cultural equivalence of the three translations of the scale for population health research. Important future research directions made possible by the availability of culturally equivalent instruments are discussed.
G M Devins; M Beiser; R Dion; L G Pelletier; R G Edwards
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  1997 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-26     Completed Date:  1997-06-26     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  794-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Bias (Epidemiology)
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Educational Status
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Marital Status
Middle Aged
Psychological Tests*
Quality of Life*
Reproducibility of Results

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