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Internalization of Asian American Stereotypes Scale (IAASS)

The Internalization of Asian American Stereotypes Scale (IAASS) is a 23 item self-reported measure of the degree to which Asian Americans internalize racial stereotypes about their own group. The items include four domains: Difficulties with English Language Communication, Pursuit of Prestigious Careers, Emotional Reservation, and Expected Academic Success.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

Difficulties with English Language Communication

1.As an Asian American, I would choose a major that requires minimal reading, writing, and verbal communication in English
2.As an Asian American, I would face more difficulty in a career that requires a lot of reading, writing, and verbal communication in English
3.I would be comfortable choosing a major that requires a lot of reading, writing, and verbal communication in English
4.As an Asian American, I feel that I can be successful in a major that requires a lot of reading, writing, and verbal communication in English
5.As an Asian American, I feel less comfortable with the verbal sections of academic assessment tests than I do with the math and science sections
6.I sometimes feel that my poorer verbal communication skills put me at a disadvantage compared to my White American peers
7.As an Asian American, I feel that it would be difficult for me to enter a career not in a math, science, or technical-related field
8.I do not care more about my academic achievement than my non-Asian peers do

Pursuit of Prestigious Careers

9.I will be happy in a career that I am interested in, even if it does not offer a lot of prestige or money. 10.Prestige is one of the most important determining factors when choosing a career
11.Salary is one of the most important determining factors when choosing a career
12.I won’t be happy in a career that does not offer prestige or money
13.When choosing a career, I do not consider the prestige it would bring me

Emotional Reservation

14.I am as comfortable expressing negative feelings (e.g., anger, sadness, irritation) as my non-Asian peers are
15.I am not comfortable expressing my feelings to others
16.I am comfortable showing my emotions in public
17.I feel I do not express my emotions as openly as my non-Asian peers do
18.I believe that it is important to keep my feelings to myself

Expected Academic Success

19.I am expected to perform well in math and science because I’m Asian American
20.As an Asian American, I am expected by others to be academically successful
21.As an Asian American, others expect me to pursue a career in math and science-related fields
22.I am known among my non-Asian peers as being academically successful
23.As an Asian American, I expect myself to achieve more academically than students from other racial groups

Response Options:
A 6-point Likert scale, ranging from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.”

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Original Citation

Shen, F. C., Wang, Y. W., & Swanson, J. L. (2011). Development and initial validation of the Internalization of Asian American Stereotypes Scale. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(3), 283

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