Development of the Multicultural Mental Health Awareness Scale

Khawaja, Nigar G., Gomez, Ivy F., & Turner, Greg (2009) Development of the Multicultural Mental Health Awareness Scale. Australian Psychologist, 44(2), pp. 67-77.

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The present study describes the development of an instrument to assess the multicultural competencies of mental health professionals in Australia. The scale was developed to assess the effectiveness of a multicultural mental health training program. Mental health professionals from Queensland, Australia (N = 268) participated in the study by completing a questionnaire battery. Items on the new scale were generated to parallel the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre (QTMHC) training program's objectives. The results describe a 35-item Multicultural Mental Health Awareness Scale. Factor analysis of the scale revealed three factors of multicultural counselling competencies: Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills. These factors were in line with Sue et al.'s (1982) multicultural counselling competencies. The scale has satisfactory internal consistency, test-retest reliability, concurrent validity, and discriminant validity and can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the multicultural competency training programs in mental health.

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ID Code: 16923
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Multicultural competency, scales and mental health
DOI: 10.1080/00050060802417801
ISSN: 0005-0067
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Khawaja, Nigar G. and Gomez, Ivy F. and Turner, Greg (2008) Development of the Multicultural Mental Health Awareness Scale. Australian Psychologist.
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