Development of a multicultural competence diagnostic tool for nutrition professionals : assessing training needs

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Dietetics and Nutrition

First Advisor's Name

Katharine R. Curry

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Janice Allen Kelsey

Third Advisor's Name

Michele W. Keane

Date of Defense



Multicultural competence assessment among nutrition professionals has become essential in delivering effective nutrition counseling services to people who come from a variety of ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds. The purpose of the present research was to develop and test the reliability and validity of an instrument to measure multicultural counseling awareness knowledge, and skills among nutrition professionals. A 52-item survey with a demographics section of 11 questions was developed and administered to 71 participants (n=71). Respondents included students from the Approved Preprofessional Practice Program (n=7) and Coordinated Undergraduate Program (n=22), and dietitians from the dietetic associations of Dade County (n=22) Broward County (n=7), and West Palm Beach County (n=9). Results indicated hi her multicultural awareness than multicultural skills and knowledge among participants. Students' scores were compared to dietitians' scores and no significant differences were found. Overall, the proposed tool was proven to be reliable and valid in assessing multicultural competence among nutrition professionals.



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