The race comparative paradigm, which has been the dominant focus of research on the African American elderly, views the behavior of whites as the standard against which to compare African Americans. The perspective employed in the Measurement Core, on the other hand, is based on the assumption that black-white comparisons are best approached from a cross-cultural perspective that does not assume that one ethnic group should mimic the other. Measurement problems of social gerontology within African American aging deserves more attention. Thus, the purpose of the Measurement Core is to serve as a focal point and catalyst for scientists working in other sections of the Center. Specifically, the Measurement Core is responsible for ensuring that other components of the Center consider and address the cultural sensitivity of instruments used in the Center's pilot studies. The Measurement Core will also stimulate the exploration and discussion of broader cultural issues in research with African American samples. Additionally, the Measurement Core will offer advice and constructive criticism to junior investigators as they plan their studies; assist the two pilot projects in the design and implementation of small data collections designed to explore cultural influences on the measurement of the constructs addressed; and organize a seminar for the purpose of discussing methodological approaches and conceptual issues relevant to cultural sensitivity, cross-cultural techniques and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods. This component of the center contains a collection of colleagues (Neighbors, Jacox, Akiyama, Antonucci) who are well versed in issues relevant to the development of culturally sensitive measures in African American populations. These researchers will use their expertise to address issues of cross- cultural measurement in African American elderly samples. They will provide consultation in the development of materials and methods necessary for design and implementation of health promotion materials that will deliver crucial health information to the black elderly. This group has successfully developed a set of procedures that can be used to collect and identify descriptions of feeling states and behaviors that can be viewed as culturally-grounded items, measures and materials.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Type
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
3P30AG015281-04S1
Application #
6332443
Study Section
Project Start
2000-08-01
Project End
2001-06-30
Budget Start
1998-10-01
Budget End
1999-09-30
Support Year
4
Fiscal Year
2000
Total Cost
$295,641
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Department
Type
DUNS #
791277940
City
Ann Arbor
State
MI
Country
United States
Zip Code
48109
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