Psychometric properties of the Hawaiian Culture Scale--Adolescent Version

Psychol Assess. 2000 Jun;12(2):140-57. doi: 10.1037//1040-3590.12.2.140.


This article reports on the psychometric properties of a newly constructed Hawaiian Culture Scale--Adolescent Version. A total of 2,272 Native Hawaiian and 1,170 non-Hawaiian adolescents were administered this 50-item inventory that measures the source of learning the Hawaiian way of life, how much Hawaiian beliefs are valued and important to maintain, how much non-Hawaiian beliefs are valued, Hawaiian blood quantum, and specific cultural traditions (seven subscales = Lifestyles, Customs. Activities, Folklore, Causes-Locations, Causes-Access, and Language Proficiency). The results strongly supported the internal consistency and validity of the measures for both the Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian groups. On the basis of the demographic data, partial support was offered for cross-cultural theories of ethnic identity. More consistent support was found for multiculturalism in Hawai'i's adolescents. Further research is needed to link these measures with indicators of psychological adjustment (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance use).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Ethnicity / psychology*
  • Female
  • Hawaii
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Psychological Tests / standards*
  • Psychometrics
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Adjustment*
  • Social Identification*