Black German Identities: Validating the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity.

Wandert, Timo and Ochsmann, Randolph and Brug, Peary and Chybicka, Anna and Lacassagne, Marie-Françoise and Verkuyten, Maykel (2009) Black German Identities: Validating the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity. The Journal of Black Psychology, 35 (4). 456 - 484. ISSN 00957984

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This study examines the reliability and validity of a German version of the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity (MIBI) in a sample of 170 Black Germans. The internal consistencies of all subscales are at least moderate. The factorial structure of the MIBI, as assessed by principal component analysis, corresponds to a high degree to the supposed underlying dimensional structure. Construct validity was examined by analyzing (a) the intercorrelations of the MIBI subscales and (b) the correlations of the subscales with external variables. Predictive validity was assessed by analyzing the correlations of three MIBI subscales with the level of intra-racial contact. All but one prediction concerning the correlations of the subscales could be confirmed, suggesting high validity. No statistically significant negative association was observed between the Black nationalist and assimilationist ideology subscales. This result is discussed as a consequence of the specific social context Black Germans live in and is not considered to lower the MIBI’s validity. Observed differences in mean scores to earlier studies of African American racial identity are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity; Racial identity; Black Germans; Black European studies
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 126 The self
300 Social sciences > 305 Social groups
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 14:58
Last Modified: 14 May 2012 14:58


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