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Title:Psychometric examination of the color-blind racial attitudes scale for use among Asian Americans
Author(s):Cheng, Sean Jen
Director of Research:Neville, Helen
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Neville, Helen
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Chang, Hua-Hua; Rounds, James; Pak, Yoon
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Asian Americans
color-blind racial attitudes
Differential functioning analysis
Abstract:Our current understanding of color-blind racial ideology (CBRI) has evolved to recognize that CRBI manifests differently for Whites as compared with people of color. To date, few studies have investigated CBRI among Asian Americans, which is partially due to the lack of validated instruments for use with this population. The purpose of this study was to examine the structural equivalence of the Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale (CoBRAS; Neville et al., 2000) among Asian Americans as compared to Whites. A secondary analysis was conducted on a dataset comprised of 713 participants gathered from three published studies. Differential item functioning (DIF) was used to explore the psychometric properties of the measure. Results from the DIF using a LA-LOR estimate identified five items across two of the three CoBRAS factors as exhibiting DIF. Interpretation of the items demonstrating DIF were further classified into Educational Testing Service classification schema (Zieky, 1993) to identify the extent of item bias existing in the CoBRAS items. Possible explanations for sources of the item bias, as well as implications for future researchers using the CoBRAS measure with Asian Americans are discussed.
Issue Date:2015-12-01
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Sean Cheng
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-02
Date Deposited:2015-12

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