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Qualitative and Quantitative Outcome Analysis of a Required Human Diversity Course in an APA-Accredited Psy.D. Program

16 April 2010


Research regarding the effectiveness of multicultural training in various domains has increased significantly in the past several years. The effectiveness of this training among graduate psychology students has seen a similar increase in the literature; however, the need for additional research among graduate clinical psychology students continues. The present study is a mixed methods evaluation of the impact of a required human diversity course on multicultural knowledge and awareness, ethnic identity, and various measures related to white privilege among doctoral level clinical psychology students. Additionally, several independent t-tests were conducted to determine whether group effects exist regarding the various independent variables. Finally, comparisons were made between quantitative and qualitative data regarding participant perceptions of the helpfulness of specific course components. Participants included 35 doctoral clinical psychology students enrolled in the required human diversity course during the summer of 2008. Results indicated an increase in multicultural knowledge, an increase in white privilege awareness, and an increase in anticipated costs of addressing white privilege from pre- to posttest. Significant group effects for participant ethnicity, gender, previous human diversity training, and religious identification are reported below as are comparisons between quantitative and qualitative data. Implications for training, practice, and future research are discussed.


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