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The Cultural Adaptation and Development Inventory project integrates empirical research from interrelated social science disciplines to assess general dimensions of individual adaptation across cultures. This project is based on acculturation themes that include cultural sensitivity, efficacy, perceived discrimination, and positive adjustment and was designed to provide a multidimensional assessment for studying diverse groups' adaptation in different settings and climates. The Cultural Adaptation and Development Inventory project is unique as it is based on both dominant and non-dominant perspectives regarding lived transcultural experiences and takes into consideration identity shifts within and between groups.

This project has been over a decade in development and validation with other independent measures for establishing convergent and discriminant purposes. It consists of 30 items grouped into four factors:

  • Inter-cultural stress
  • Effort optimism
  • Positive inter-cultural adaptation
  • Inter-cultural insensitivity.

Each item statement presents a view, feeling, or experience related to cultural adaptation to which the individual can respond on a five-point Likert scale. The result provides an economic and valid measure that may be used in understanding the relationships among psychosocial climate, violence, and the effectiveness of educational interventions.

Given institutional as well as national concerns with diversity and the retention of underrepresented students, this inventory may be used as part of a tool-kit for evaluating intercultural adaptation processes and vulnerability to distress. CLASE is currently using this tool and other standard indices of psychological well-being to study group-based differences in cultural adaptation among dominant and non-dominant groups across college campuses.

If you are a student or a researcher and would like to learn more about the Cultural Adaptation and Development Inventory tool, please email Pedro Portes.

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