Multicultural Social Desirability Index (MCSD)

This instrument measures a preference to make a good impression on others by self reporting that one always interacts well with minorities and that one is always receptive to minority issues. The MCSD is used as a validity scale for the Multicultural Counseling Inventory.

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Instrument Author:

Gargi R. Sodowsky


Select Representative References

Boero, J. V. (2002). Construct validity of the Multicultural Counseling Inventory: The impact of ethnic identity, social desirability biases, and modern racism. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 63 (5-B), 1-180.

Hansen, N. D., Randazzo, K. V., Schwartz, A., Marshall, M., Kalis, D., Frazier, R., Burke, C., Kershner-Rice, K., & Novig, G. (2006). Do we practice what we preach? An exploratory survey of multicultural psychotherapy competencies. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37, 66-74.

Roysircar G., Gard, G., Hubbell R., & Ortega, M. (2005). Development of counseling trainees’ multicultural awareness through mentoring ESL students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 33, 17-36.

Roysircar, G., Webster, D. R., Germer, J., Palensky, J. J., Lynne, E., Campbell, G., et al. (2003). Experiential training in multicultural counseling: Implementation and evaluation of counselor process. In G. Roysircar, D. S. Sandhu, & V. B. Bibbins (Eds.), Multicultural competencies: A guidebook of practices (pp. 3-15). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Sodowsky, G. R., Kuo-Jackson, P. Y., Richardson, M. F., & Corey, A. T. (1998). Correlates of self-reported multicultural competencies: Counselor multicultural social desirability, race, social inadequacy, locus of control racial ideology, and multicultural training. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 45, 256-264.