Cross-validation of the Africentrism scale

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Abstract

This study cross-validated the Africentrism Scale and investigated the relationship between Africentrism and demographic variables in a diverse sample of individuals of African descent. Participants were 206 individuals who identified as African, African American, or Caribbean/West Indian. Demographic variables included age, gender, ethnic background, educational level, place of rearing, and level of identification with African ancestry. The results suggested that age and education were related to Africentrism with younger and less educated individuals endorsing less Africentrism. No other demographic variables emerged as significant predictors. Caribbeans had a slightly lower score than others after controlling for age. Overall, the Africentrism Scale demonstrated solid internal consistency (coefficient alpha) and convergent validity (inverse association to a measure of cultural misorientation). In addition, the obtained factor structure was similar to that obtained in the original sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-324
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology

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