Assessment of the Short Acculturation Scale for Hispanics (SASH) among low-income, immigrant Hispanics

J Cancer Educ. 2011 Sep;26(3):478-83. doi: 10.1007/s13187-011-0233-z.


The present analysis sought to determine the usefulness and validity of the Short Acculturation Scale for Hispanics (SASH) in assessment of acculturation among Hispanics participating in a colorectal cancer screening study. Primary data was collected from 2008 to 2009 through surveys in East Harlem community-based sites and health clinics among Hispanics. Bivariate correlations and independent samples t tests assessed SASH correlation with acculturation proxies and relationships between proxies, SASH, and sociodemographics. SASH was highly correlated with commonly used acculturation proxies; inter-scale correlations and alpha scores were high. Sociodemographics associated with proxy variables were associated with SASH. In conclusion, SASH is useful and valid for assessing acculturation among Hispanics; however, a shortened version or acculturation proxy variables could also be utilized.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation*
  • Aged
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / psychology
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Proxy
  • Social Identification
  • Surveys and Questionnaires