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By W. A. Scott, William Scott

In keeping with unique reasearch performed from Phoenix to Hong Kong, Adjustment of youth examines adolescent adjustment to college, friends and family throughout seven cultures.

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For these scales, one can be reasonably certain that several measures of the variable yielded similar relative scores for the seven cultures; that is, the cross-cultural differences are reliable. The lowest homogeneity ratios appear for the scales of anxiety, hostility, teacher-judged interpersonal competence, and the child’s satisfaction with friends, which implies that the cross-cultural comparisons are suspect, for different ways of measuring the variables did not yield the same results. 05 higher than their mean correlation with the items of any other scale, to ensure convergent and discriminant validity of items for each scale within every sample (Campbell and Fiske, 1959).

These multi-item scales represent 10 of the 12 dependent variables, the personality scales, and family measures which were based on more than one item. All these data are based on the total combined sample. Mean intrasample homogeneity ratios and inter-source correlations show similar results, though at a slightly lower level. R. =average intercorrelation among item means. a Sources: C=Child’s report; P=Parents’ report; T=Teacher’s report. 66. 90 or higher). For these scales, one can be reasonably certain that several measures of the variable yielded similar relative scores for the seven cultures; that is, the cross-cultural differences are reliable.

If a child reported both 2 For sample specific information on any data presented in the book, contact the Social Science Data Archives at the address given in the footnote on p. 21. THE STUDY 27 satisfaction with family and self-esteem, the two measures could be highly confounded, due to a pervasiveness in the responses of the child either toward “pollyannaism” (Boucher and Osgood, 1969; Scott and Peterson, 1975) or toward “plaintive set” (Henderson, Byrne and Duncan-Jones, 1981). A similar confounding might occur for measures of punitiveness and the child’s hostility both obtained from the parent.

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