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Using the Revised Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans (ARSMA-II) with Older Adults.

Jimenez DE, Gray HL, Cucciare M, Kumbhani S, Gallagher-Thompson D. Using the Revised Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans (ARSMA-II) with Older Adults. Hispanic health care international : the official journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. 2010 Mar 1; 8(1):14-22.

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Projections for the year 2030 show that Latinos are expected to make the largest population increase. Cultural values create expectation levels about what will happen to the elderly. Acculturation is a concept that has been studied extensively, yet the relationship between age and acculturation has not been a focus of study. The present study has proposed an alternate way of scoring the ARSMA-II based on receiver operating characteristics. Specifically, this approach looks at participants' responses to two individual items to determine the level of acculturation of the older adults. It is a quicker method and one that could save healthcare providers a great deal of time as well as help them better understand their clients' level of acculturation; thus, being able to provide the appropriate educational materials.

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