Cultural Awareness Inventory

This inventory is intended to raise questions in your minds about Cultural Competence. It should be noted that there are no finite answers but merely suggested answers. Thus respond based on your own perpective.

Fill out all the fields as they are all required. When you hit submit, you will receive an interpretation of your final score on the next page.

Basic Information


1. Cultural understanding is more important than professional knowledge when dealing with groups or individuals from another background.

2. Your culture is the measure for understanding another culture or sub-culture.

3. A poor communicator within his/her own culture will be a poor communicator across cultures or sub-cultures.

4. Some barriers to effective cross-cultural communication or negotiation may be caused by issues beyond culture.

5. Sensitivity to cross-cultural issues at home is a positive step towards understanding international issues concerning culture.

6. A sound understanding of self is important for the professional who wishes to communicate across cultures or sub-cultures.

7. Knowledge of basic concepts concerning culture or sub-cultures is an advantage in the cross-cultural communication process.

8. "Getting the job done as quickly as possible" should be the main objective in any clinical encounter.

9. Personal issues such as "self-interest" will influence the outcome of a cross-cultural encounter.

10. Cultrual and sub-cultural factors etermine the way we deal with each other.

11. Strong negotiating skills are more curcial than cross-cultural awareness sklils in the cross-cultural encounter.

12. A professional who is seen as lacking in expertise may signal to the intercultural or intra-cultural counterpart that he/she is held in low regard.

13. Culture is too complex a topic to be taken into account when dealing with individual(s) in a clinical situation.

14. Experience, education, and social background are not important in the cross-cultural exchange.

15. The minority culture should do most of the accommodating in the cross-cultural process.

16. Generalizations concerning another culture can lead to misunderstanding in a cross-cultural encounter.

17. A well meaning professional can be successful in a cross-cultural situation.

18. Cross-cultural encounters are more effective if client and professional can be "matched" culturally or ethically.