Journal of Intercultural Communication, Issue 20, May, 2009

Lily A. Arasaratnam

The Development of a New Instrument of Intercultural Communication Competence


A review of past literature reveals that there is need for a measure of intercultural communication competence (ICC) that can be used in culturally diverse groups of participants. The present study describes the development and initial empirical testing of a new instrument of ICC. Student participants (N = 302) from multiple cultural backgrounds were used. Using regression, factor, and correlation analyses, the instrument was tested for reliability and construct validity. The preliminary results are very promising. Implications for future research are discussed.

Key words: intercultural communication competence, instrument development

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