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Multicultural Sensitivity Scale

Choose any number between 1 and 6 to indicate your agreement or disagreement with each of the following statements. Please print and write your response in the space provided at the left hand side of the statements.

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  1. ______ I have a tendency to trust people of my ethnic group more than I trust those of other ethnic groups
  2. ______ I feel very uncomfortable in the presence of members of ethnic groups other than my own
  3. ______ When I observe the hardships of some people, I understand why they are not proud of their ethnic identity
  4. ______ Individuals should be deeply sensitive to the thoughts others have of them
  5. ______ It is good to avoid encounters with people who are different from you
  6. ______ Each ethnic group should strive to become more Americanized rather than maintaining the characteristics of their ethnic group
  7. ______ I feel more secure when I am in the presence of members of my ethnic group
  8. ______ I feel less comfortable when I socialize with persons outside my ethnic group
  9. ______ When I understand the environment from which many people of ethnic minority backgrounds come, I understand why they do not have pride in their ethnic identities
  10. ______ I feel threatened by members of other ethnic groups
  11. ______ The ethnic group that persons belong to frequently determines how I respond to them interpersonally
  12. ______ When I am offended by an ethnic minority, I generalize the behavior to other members of that group
  13. ______ In order to be accepted by persons of other ethnic groups, I frequently find myself altering my behavior
  14. ______ I have discovered that it is better to avoid associating with people who think differently than me
  15. ______ I naturally respond more favorably to people of my ethnic group
  16. ______ I prefer working with people with whom I can identify ethnically
  17. ______ I have not been able to overcome my feelings of uneasiness when I see a group of people from a particular ethnic group together
  18. ______ I feel tense and uptight when I have to work closely with persons who are of a different ethnic group than my own
  19. ______ I would feel more relaxed if I could work with people of my own ethnic group
  20. ______ I do not enjoy associating with persons of other ethnic groups
  21. ______ I classify people on the basis of obvious ethnic characteristics

Jibaja, M.L., Sebastian, R., Kingery, P., & Holcolmb, J.D. (2000). The multicultural sensitivity of physician assistant students. Journal of Allied Health, 29 (2): 79–85.