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Assessment and development of cultural competence


2000 2000

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The current study examines how the concept of cultural competence may be assessed and developed among mental health professionals, especially those who work with diverse families suspected of child abuse. Leading theoretical models, training initiatives, legal considerations, and assessment measures associated with cultural competence are discussed. These conceptual frameworks provide the foundation for the author's cyclical/contextual model of cultural competence, as well as the author's Cultural Competence Scale (CCS). To examine the validity and reliability of the CCS, the scale was administered to 348 mental health professionals around the Philadelphia area during various workshops regarding cultural competence. Hypotheses accurately predicted that the CCS would be found to reflect three valid and reliable constructs; Cultural Self Awareness, Multicultural Openness to Knowledge, and Cross-Cultural Communication Skill. It was also correctly hypothesized that participants reporting greater contact with other cultures would exhibit higher levels of self-reported cultural competence. Potential implications of such findings are explored, along with future research directions and observations made while collaborating with community mental health systems.

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Subject
Social psychology;
Psychotherapy
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Cultural competence; Identity; Mental health professionals
Title
Assessment and development of cultural competence
Author
Mitchell, Eric Robert
Number of pages
204
Publication year
2000
Degree date
2000
School code
0175
Source
DAI-B 61/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599701441, 0599701447
Advisor
Stevenson, Howard C.
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9965529
ProQuest document ID
304615310
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304615310
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