Children`s Sociocultural Adjustment Scale (Modified)

Searle and Ward (1990)
1. Making friends with people in the U. S. A.
2. Getting used to local food.
3. Following rules
4. Interacting with teachers.
5. Going to food stalls or restaurants
6. Getting used to using the public transport buses.
7. Getting used to the climate in USA
8. Making yourself understood.
9. Getting used to living in USA.
10. Going shopping
11. Dealing with someone who you do not like
12. Understanding jokes and humor.
13. Getting used to the kind of houses here.
14. Dealing with people staring at you.
15. Understanding the American accent.
16. Talking about yourself and your feelings.
17. Praying in the way you used to
This instrument can be found on pages 93-94 of “In Moving to a New Country: Children and Adolescent’s Adaptation”‚ available online at:
1 = No difficulty‚ 2 = Slight difficulty‚ 3 = Moderate difficulty‚ 4 = Great difficulty‚ 5 = Extreme difficulty

Searle‚ W.‚ & Ward‚ C. (1990). Prediction of psychological and sociocultural adjustment duringcross-cultural transitions. International Journal of Intercultural Relations‚ 14‚ 449–464.

Ward‚ C.‚ & Searle‚ W. (1991). Importance of value discrepancies and cultural identities on psychologicaland sociocultural adjustment of sojourners. International Journal of InterculturalRelations‚ 15‚ 209–225.

Shenoy‚ Uma A. 1996. In Moving to a New Country: Children and Adolescent’s Adaptation. Virginia Polytechnic Institute. ma‎ster’s Thesis