University of California, Los Angeles

Title I
Assessing Cultural Diversity with Acculturation in the Pilipino American Community

Acculturation can be used to assess, describe and account for levels of diversity evident within many ethnic and cultural communities. Acculturation has been found to be related to many outcome variables, including; academic performance, intergenerational conflict, beliefs and practices regarding sex, drug abuse, and psychological disorders and symptoms. This PowerPoint presentation provides a detailed description of the Pilipino Cultural Life Styles Inventory (PCLSI) that was designed specifically to measure type and degree of acculturation in Pilipino American adolescents and adults. The presentation includes: (1) graphical and narrative descriptions of the four types of acculturation, Pilipino Oriented, U.S. Oriented, Multicultural Oriented and Eclectic Oriented acculturation; (2) an overview of the administration and scoring process, and (3) sample cases that elucidate the distinct ways that the four types of acculturation manifest in the Pilipino American community. The objectives of the presentation are to: (1) introduce the PCLSI to academicians, health professionals and scholars interested in working with the Pilipino American community; (2) inform the existing body of knowledge about the level of cultural heterogeneity evident within Pilipino Americans, and (3) encourage the use of acculturation-specific methods for improving the quality of services provided to the second-largest subgroup of Asian Americans in the United States.

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Title II
Measurement of Cultural Diversity and it’s Utility for Scholars and Practitioners Working with Pilipino Americans

The purpose of this study was to develop an inventory designed specifically to measure type and degree of acculturation in Pilipino Americans. The Pilipino Cultural Life Styles Inventory (PCLSI) measures four types and levels of acculturation: U.S. cultural immersion, Pilipino cultural immersion, multicultural immersion and eclectic cultural immersion in Pilipino adolescents and adults. .

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