Factor Structure of the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale

Kristijan Popović


The aim of this study was to determine the factor structure of Chen and Starost’s self-descriptive scaleof intercultural sensitivity. The applied scale was based on the self-assessments of 24attitudes with a five-point Likert scale. A group examination was performed on 621 students in the finalgrades of primary school. Factor analysis isolated five factors that include students’ interculturalsensitivity: interaction enjoyment, interaction confidence, interaction attentiveness, respect of culturaldifferences, and interaction engagement. The scale is solidly represented by the main components thatexplain the variance with 49.18% of the examined phenomenon. The reliability coefficient of the scaleon our sample is acceptable and amounts to α=0.820. The Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin sample adequacy indexhad an index value of K=0.85, and the Bartlett sphericity test was statistically significant χ2=3684,968;df=276; p <.000. The analysis of results showed the need for further improvement of the scale, and theresearch certainly represents a modest standardization to the validation of the intercultural sensitivityscale, and we point out the applicability and usefulness of Chen and Starost intercultural sensitivityscale on different samples.


intercultural sensitivity; students; factor structure; factor dimensions

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.51558/2490-3647.2021.6.1.185


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