The use of the puerto rican biculturality scale with puerto rican drug users in new york and puerto rico

Dharma E. Cortés, Sherry Deren, Jonny Andía, Héctor Colón, Rafaela Robles, Sung Yeon Kang

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This study examines the psychometric propenies of an acculturation scale specifically developed for Pueno Ricans with a sample of substance abusers residing in Pueno Rico and New York. In line with current conceptual models of acculturation, this instrument depans from a mutually exclusive or zero-sum conceptualization of acculturation by assessing involvement in both American and Pueno Rican cultures independently of each other. Findings from this study permitted comparisons of acculturation as experienced by Puerto Rican injection drug users in Pueno Rico and New York. Results supported the notion of independence of individuals' involvement in American and Pueno Rican cultures, thus confirming the complex nature of biculturalism. This anicle also examines the relevance of the study of acculturation scales that can assist in identifying the influences of the cultures of origin and destination on substance abuse and HIV risk behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-207
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003



  • Acculturation
  • Biculturalism
  • HIV risk
  • Puerto Ricans
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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