Abstract

The strength of ethnic identity has been linked to higher academic achievement, academic attainment, and overall psychological wellbeing. The Muligroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) was developed to measure ethnic identity development, and this measure has been used widely. The MEIM has since been updated to the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure–Revised (MEIM–R). The relatively new MEIM–R has not been widely studied. In order to solidify researchers' confidence in the measure, a reliability generalization analysis was performed and the data compared to the original MEIM. Random-effects weighted models evaluated internal consistency coefficients (Chronbach's alpha). The MEIM–R demonstrated adequate reliability coefficients (average α = .88) and tended to produce more reliable data than the original MEIM (average α = .84 across a sample of 75 studies). Reliability coefficients did not differ across participant age, gender, and race, but more reliability was generally obtained when participants had relatively higher levels of education. This study indicates that researchers and others may have confidence in using the MEIM–R, although future studies should specifically seek to confirm its validity.

Degree

EdS

College and Department

David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education

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Date Submitted

2014-07-08

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd7231

Keywords

reliability, psychometrics, identity, ethnicity

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