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The development and Validation of a cross-cultural measure of microaggression for wellbeing

Microaggression has continued to gain relevance in migration, health, and social research. Defined as common daily experiences of prejudice, microaggression is characterised by aversive discrimination which may have significantly more influence on racial anger, frustration, wellbeing, and self-esteem than traditional overt forms of racism and discrimination. However, the conceptualisation of microaggression for health and wellbeing research remains limited. The goal of this project is to develop a cross-cultural assessment and evaluation scale for microaggression in the context of wellbeing.

For the development of the microaggression scale, we propose a stepwise instrument procedure that allows for statistical testing and validation and is applicable in cross-cultural settings. A mixed research method is proposed for item generation, pilot testing and validation stages. The qualitative approach in the form of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) will be conducted among eight identified cultural groups. These FGDs will help to generate items for the proposed scale. The quantitative approach was used at the pilot study and validation stages.

The development of a cross-cultural measure of microaggression in quality of life and well-being research is curial to identifying migrants at risk in terms of their subjective health and understanding patterns in quality of life distribution. The adaptation of the resulting instrument will facilitate the use of appropriate measures to reducing inequality in health and well-being.

Funding: This project is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as part of a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Adekunle Adedeji.

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