Psychometric properties of a modified cultural awareness scale for use in higher education within the health and social care fields

Christine Kumlien, Melanie Bish, Engle A. Chan, Lynn Rew, P. S. Chan, Doris Leung, Elisabeth Carlson

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Abstract

Background: Cultural awareness and cultural competence have become important skills in higher education as populations continue to grow in diversity around the world. However, currently, there are few instruments designed to assess student awareness of the aspects of culture, and the existing instruments need further development and testing for use with different target populations. Therefore, the aim of this study was to test the psychometric properties of a modified version of the Cultural Awareness Scale (CAS) for use in higher education within the health and social care fields. 

Methods: A modified version of the CAS was developed, which was tested psychometrically using cross-sectional data. In total, 191 undergraduate students from different health and social care undergraduate programs in Sweden and Hong Kong responded to a call to test the modified instrument. Results: The results showed that the modified CAS is a four-factor measure of cultural awareness and possesses satisfactory internal consistency. Results also support the use of the modified CAS as a generic tool to measure cultural awareness among students in higher education within the health and social care fields. 

Conclusion: The modified CAS showed satisfactory psychometric properties and can be recommended as a generic tool to measure cultural awareness among students in higher education within the health and social care fields. However, further psychometric testing on the effectiveness of the modified CAS as a tool to evaluate the efficacy of cultural awareness interventions is required.

Original languageEnglish
Article number406
JournalBMC Medical Education
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Cultural awareness
  • Cultural awareness scale
  • Cultural competence
  • Factor analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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