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In the early 1980s, she was the first Latina elected to the Florida House of Representatives, then went on to serve in the state senate. By 1989 she was the first Latina and the first Cuban The present research developed and validated a new measure of Latina American shifting (the Latina American Shifting Scale, LASS) or the self-altering coping strategies employed by some Latina American women. A 17-item instrument was developed to measure various facets of shifting phenomena based on a review of the literature, focus group feedback, and cultural experts.