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Title: Evaluating the psychometric properties of the multigroup ethnic identity measure (MEIM) within the United Kingdom
Authors: Gaines, SO
Bunce, D
Robertson, T
Wright, B
Keywords: Ethnic identity;Ego psychology;Identity status;MEIM;United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Identity. 10(1): 1-19
Abstract: In the present study, we examined the psychometric properties of the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) (Phinney, 1992; Phinney & Alipuria, 1990) among an ethnically diverse sample within the United Kingdom. In initial analyses, we evaluated the goodness-of-fit of a one-factor model (i.e., global ethnic identity) and the goodness-of-fit of a two-factor model (i.e., correlated but distinct Exploration and Commitment components). Results of initial confirmatory factor analyses led us to reject both the one-factor and two-factor models. Results of subsequent exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses revealed a three-factor structure (i.e., correlated but distinct Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective components of ethnic identity) among the sample as a whole (n = 234) and among Asian Indian persons (n = 88) in particular, though resulst were mixed among White U.K./Irish persons (n = 54) in particular. Implications for the study of ethnicity-related concepts in the incerasibgly multi-cultural U.K. are discussed.
ISSN: 1528-3488
Appears in Collections:Psychology
Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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