This study aimed to verify whether cultural awareness will increase with training and or experience in the psychology field. It was hypothesized that cultural awareness would increase with years of training and with years of experience in psychology. The sample of this study was comprised of 81 Psy.D. students (16.33% males and 83.67% females) from graduate programs around the U.S. They were ethnically diverse (76.53% were European origin, 4.08% Asian origin, 4.08% Latino, 6.12% African origin, 2.04% Native American origin and 7.14% classified as other) and their age ranged from 21 to 59. Regarding years of training, the sample varied from 1 to 7 with a mean of 3.1 years. In addition, years of experience varied from 1 to 11 years with a mean of 3.6 years. Participants were asked to complete demographic questions and the Multicultural Counseling Knowledge and Awareness Scale (MCKAS) using QuestionPro. The results from a Pearson Correlation suggested positive correlations among cultural awareness and years in a graduate program in psychology, the number of multicultural courses in graduate program, and years of work experience. There was no significant correlation between cultural awareness and number of semesters of practicum experience. Additionally, a Multiple Regression analysis indicated that years in a graduate program and years of work taken together did not account for more cultural awareness variance than either variable taken alone. Limitations of this study are discussed.
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 8th September 2011
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