For immigrants, how should I choose whether to display scale scores in relation to norms for the immigrant’s home society or the host society?

Answer: Chapters 2, 3, and 4 illustrate decisions about the choices of norms for immigrants under various conditions. One approach is to base your choices on the society that seems most appropriate for each person completing a form.  For example, if the person completing a form comes from the immigrant’s home society and is not well acculturated to the host society (e.g., a person who has not lived in the host society very long or has not mastered its language), you may elect to display scale scores in relation to norms for the home society. On the other hand, if the person completing the form is indigenous or well acculturated to the host society, you may elect to display the scale scores in relation to norms for the host society. If it is unclear which of two societies’ norms would be more appropriate, you can display the scores in relation to norms appropriate for each society to see whether the results differ enough to argue for different decisions.

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