Africentrism, Psychometric Analyses of a Self-Report Measure

Published in: Journal of Black Psychology, v. 22, no. 1, Feb. 1996, p. 86-106

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1995

by Cheryl Grills, Douglas L. Longshore

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This article describes the development of a self-report measure of Africentrism, defined here as the degree to which a person adheres to the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles) in African and African American culture. Beginning with a pool of 25 Likert-type items, the authors tested two alternate forms of their Africentrism measure in a series of four studies. The reliability (internal consistency) of the measure was found to be well above a minimum criterion for the purpose of group comparisons. Indicators of construct validity and known-groups validity were also favorable. The authors recommend a 15-item version of the measure for future testing and conclude with hypotheses regarding the importance of Africentrism in assessing African-centered interventions.

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