ERIC Number: ED237906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Exploring the Content and Structure of Cross-Cultural Attitudes.
Neimeyer, Greg J.; Fukuyama, Mary
Efforts to enhance the effectiveness of cross-cultural interventions have emphasized the need for counselors to assess their own as well as their client's cultural value systems. To assess cultural world views, the Cultural Attitudes Repertory Technique (CART), which examines the content and structure of an individual's personal system of cultural constructs, was developed. In the CART instrument, twelve cultural groups are categorized by an Alike/Different dichotomy and then the constructs are rated on a seven-point Likert-type scale ranging from family-oriented to independent. The result is a matrix of 144 ratings (12 constructs by 12 elements), reflecting an individual's perceptions of various cultural groups from the individual's unique world view. The instrument was administered to a female college student both before and after a course in counseling ethnic minorities. The CART was able to document that, following training, the student's awareness of cultural differences increased, although her system remained poorly integrated. The case study was beneficial in establishing the CART as a flexible tool that could be used in examining cultural world views. The CART can be used as a self-exploratory exercise in a variety of settings, particularly in counselor training. Ratings on the CART can be plotted over time to graphically illustrate attitude changes. Further empirical research is needed to document its usefulness. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cross Cultural Counseling; Cultural Attitudes Repertory Technique
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983). Best copy available.