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Preferred Name

Elizabeth L. Smith


Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Tracy Zinn

Jeanne Horst

Matthew Lee


The alliant intercultural competency scale was developed by Henderson et al. (2015) to measure intercultural competence in students in higher education. Henderson et al. outlined five domains representative of an interculturally competent professional: knowledge, communication, attitudes, professional practice, and negotiated space. In the current study, the AICS was revised (AICS-R) and then evaluated using Benson’s (1998) framework for construct validity. Exploratory factor analysis results suggested a five-factor model strongly aligned with the five aforementioned domains; this provides support for the internal structure of the AICS-R. Scores from the AICS-R were correlated with external measures, and group differences in scores were examined to discern the validity evidence for the AICS-R. Overall, results from the current study provide support for the reliability and validity of the AICS-R as a measure of intercultural competence.

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