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Development and validation of the measure of indigenous racism experiences (MIRE)

Paradies, Yin C. and Cunningham, Joan 2008, Development and validation of the measure of indigenous racism experiences (MIRE), International journal for equity in health, vol. 7, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-7-9.

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Title Development and validation of the measure of indigenous racism experiences (MIRE)
Author(s) Paradies, Yin C.ORCID iD for Paradies, Yin C. orcid.org/0000-0001-9927-7074
Cunningham, Joan
Journal name International journal for equity in health
Volume number 7
Article ID 9
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1475-9276
Summary Background
In recent decades there has been increasing evidence of a relationship between self-reported racism and health. Although a plethora of instruments to measure racism have been developed, very few have been described conceptually or psychometrically Furthermore, this research field has been limited by a dearth of instruments that examine reactions/responses to racism and by a restricted focus on African American populations.

Methods
In response to these limitations, the 31-item Measure of Indigenous Racism Experiences (MIRE) was developed to assess self-reported racism for Indigenous Australians. This paper describes the development of the MIRE together with an opportunistic examination of its content, construct and convergent validity in a population health study involving 312 Indigenous Australians.

Results
Focus group research supported the content validity of the MIRE, and inter-item/scale correlations suggested good construct validity. A good fit with a priori conceptual dimensions was demonstrated in factor analysis, and convergence with a separate item on discrimination was satisfactory.

Conclusion

The MIRE has considerable utility as an instrument that can assess multiple facets of racism together with responses/reactions to racism among indigenous populations and, potentially, among other ethnic/racial groups.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1475-9276-7-9
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30095371

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