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Is Pizza American? Differences in the Construction of Meaning Across Race and Generation

Poster Session VII - Board: VII-009
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Nellie Tran
University of Illinois at Chicago

The subjective nature of researcher-derived operational definitions is a widespread problem in psychological research. Just as study samples are critiqued for representativeness and generalizability, study measures must face equal scrutiny. In this study, we highlight the importance of good operational definitions by finding that different racial/ethnic and generational groups construct the meaning of "American" differently.

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