Validation of the Multicultural Personality Questionnaire Short Form (MPQ-SF) for use in the context of international education

Joep Hofhuis*, Joran Jongerling, Karen I. van der Zee, Jeroen Jansz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Multicultural Personality Questionnaire (MPQ) is one of the most widely used instruments for measuring individuals' intercultural competences. The original version consists of 91 items, divided into five subscales, and has been shown to predict attitudes, behavior, and outcomes in a variety of intercultural contexts. Recently, a 40-item short form of the MPQ was developed (MPQ-SF), which may be particularly useful in settings in which time or survey space are limited, or where respondent drop-out is likely to occur. For example, the MPQ-SF would be a valuable tool for assessing longitudinal development of multicultural personality traits in training or educational settings. A prerequisite for such research is to establish measurement invariance of the MPQ-SF between different respondent groups, as well as across time points. Using a sample of students in an international university program (n = 519), the present study examines how the scales perform among male and female respondents, between students of Western and Non-Western background, and across two time points, five months apart. Based on our findings, we conclude that all five subscales of the MPQ-SF display sufficient measurement invariance to be reliably used in this and similar contexts, in comparative as well as longitudinal study designs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0244425
Number of pages14
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume15
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE
  • ACCULTURATION STRATEGIES
  • VALIDITY
  • ADJUSTMENT
  • COMPETENCE
  • STUDENTS
  • TRAITS
  • ABROAD

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