Examining life in detention: A process of survey translation and adaptation through an ecological and collaborative approach

Esposito, F., Di Napoli, I., Ornelas, J., Briozzo, E. and Arcidiacono, C. 2021. Examining life in detention: A process of survey translation and adaptation through an ecological and collaborative approach. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community. 50 (3), pp. 302-316. https://doi.org/10.1080/10852352.2021.1918827

TitleExamining life in detention: A process of survey translation and adaptation through an ecological and collaborative approach
TypeJournal article
AuthorsEsposito, F., Di Napoli, I., Ornelas, J., Briozzo, E. and Arcidiacono, C.
Abstract

This paper illustrates the process we engaged in to translate and adapt a survey to examine life in an immigration detention center in Italy from the perspective of the migrants detained therein. The process consisted of: the forward translation of the original measure performed by four independent translators; a blind backward translation to identify misinterpretations or incorrect cross-cultural and contextual adaptations; a synthesis of all translations to obtain a semifinal version; the creation of an Expert Committee composed of scholars, practitioners, and migrants with experience of detention to assess equivalence and content validity; and, finally, pretesting with a group of 15 detained persons. Through this multi-step process we obtained a measure capable of grasping the context-specific meanings, needs and experiences that characterize life in detention. The challenges and benefits of a collaborative and ecological approach to measurement translation and adaption are discussed in the final section.

KeywordsSocial Psychology
JournalJournal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community
Journal citation50 (3), pp. 302-316
ISSN1085-2352
1540-7330
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10852352.2021.1918827
Publication dates
Published online28 Oct 2021
Published in print03 Jul 2022
ProjectSFRH/BD/87854/2012
NIF\R1\181103
FunderNewton International Fellowship Scheme

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