Relevance of multicultural training to students' applications to clinical psychology programs

M. E. Bernal, A. A. Sirolli, S. K. Weisser, J. A. Ruiz, V. J. Chamberlain, G. P. Knight

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Interest in the efficacy of multicultural training for practitioners and scientists working with multicultural populations has led to questions about the characteristics of students who seek this training. Students of ethnic minority background, as compared with White students, may be more likely to seek programs that offer this training, and their ethnic or racial identity may be related to this preference. This study explores the relevance of multicultural training to White and ethnic minority graduate students in accredited clinical psychology programs. Students rated the relevance of multicultural and general training components to their decisions about where to apply to graduate school. The ethnic minority students' mean ratings of the relevance of multicultural components were higher than those of White students, and the degree of ethnic minority students' ethnic identification was positively correlated to these relevance ratings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-55
Number of pages13
JournalCultural Diversity and Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999


  • Clinical
  • Ethnic identity
  • Graduate students
  • Importance
  • Multicultural
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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