Cultural Diversity

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Activity 2

Inventory of Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

©Kenneth Cushner, 1986

Purpose

To complete a self-assessment instrument regarding your intercultural experiences.

Instructions

The following questionnaire asks you to rate your agreement or disagreement with a series of statements. Please respond honestly as there are no correct answers. You will find another copy of this in the last section of the workbook that you can complete at a later time. You can compare your responses from the beginning to the end of the book. Please circle the number that best corresponds to your level of agreement with each statement below

1 = Strongly Disagree  7 = Strongly Agree

1.I speak only one language1…2…3…4…5…6…7

2.The way other people express themselves is
very interesting to me1…2…3…4…5…6…7

3.I enjoy being with people from other cultures1…2…3…4…5…6…7

4.Foreign influence in our country threatens our
national identity1…2…3…4…5…6…7

5.Others’ feelings rarely influence decisions I make1…2…3…4…5…6…7

6.I cannot eat with chopsticks1…2…3…4…5…6…7

7.I avoid people who are different from me1…2…3…4…5…6…7

8.It is better that people from other cultures avoid
one another1…2…3…4…5…6…7

9.Culturally mixed marriages are wrong1…2…3…4…5…6…7

10.I think people are basically alike1…2…3…4…5…6…7

11.I have never lived outside my own culture for any
great length of time1…2…3…4…5…6…7

12.I have foreigners to my home on a regular basis1…2…3…4…5…6…7

13.It makes me nervous to talk to people who are
different from me1…2…3…4…5…6…7
14.I enjoy studying about people from other cultures1…2…3…4…5…6…7 15.People from other cultures do things differently
because they do not know any other way1…2…3…4…5…6…7 16.There is usually more than one good way to get
things done1…2…3…4…5…6…7
17.I listen to music from another culture on a
regular basis1…2…3…4…5…6…7
18.I decorate my home or room with artifacts from
other countries1…2…3…4…5…6…7
19.I feel uncomfortable when in a crowd of people1…2…3…4…5…6…7 20.The very existence of humanity depends on
our knowledge about other people1…2…3…4…5…6…7
21.Residential neighborhoods should be culturally
separated1…2…3…4…5…6…7
22.I have many friends1…2…3…4…5…6…7
23.I dislike eating foods from other cultures1…2…3…4…5…6…7 24.I think about living within another culture in the future1…2…3…4…5…6…7 25.Moving into another culture would be easy1…2…3…4…5…6…7 26.I like to discuss issues with people from other cultures1…2…3…4…5…6…7 27.There should be tighter controls on the number of

immigrants allowed into my country1…2…3…4…5…6…7 28.The more I know about people, the more I dislike them1…2…3…4…5…6…7 29.I read more national news than international news
in the daily newspaper1…2…3…4…5…6…7
30.Crowds of foreigners frighten me1…2…3…4…5…6…7 31.When something newsworthy happens I seek out
someone from that part of the world to discuss
the issue with1…2…3…4…5…6…7
32.I eat ethnic foods at least twice a week1…2…3…4…5…6…7

Scoring the ICCS

The ICCS can be scored by subscales. Simply insert the number circled on the test form in the spaces provided under each subscale heading. Reverse the values for the items marked with an asterisk (*). For instance, reverse scoring results in:

7=1, 6=2, 5=3, 4=4, 3=5, 2=6, 1=7

Then, add the values in each column for the subscale score. A total ICCS score is obtained by adding the various subscale scores together. Individuals can be ranked relative to others in a particular group. You can also identify relative strengths and weaknesses that may lead to more focused orientation and planning.

ICCS Scoring Guide Subject ID_______________

C ScaleB ScaleI Scale

itemscore itemscoreitemscore
1*____2____3____
6*____7*____8*____
11*____13*____14____
12____19*____20____
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