Committee Chair

O'Leary, Brian J.

Committee Member

Biderman, Michael D.; Warren, Amye R.


Dept. of Psychology


College of Arts and Sciences


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


Effectively interacting with individuals in or from an unfamiliar culture requires cross-cultural competence and adaptability. The Cultural Intelligence Scale (Ang et al., 2007) is designed to measure an individual’s ability to adapt in a culturally unfamiliar environment. Studies using the CQS have mixed results regarding its dimensionality, construct validity, and its distinctness from other intelligences. Additionally, the phrasing of some of the items in the CQS require respondents to have been to a foreign culture to be able to answer. To address these critiques, I modified the CQS to accommodate individuals who have never been to a foreign culture. I then explored the nomological network of the modified CQS by examining its correlation with scales that measure emotional intelligence, social intelligence, and personality. Results of this study provide evidence of the uniqueness of the CQS from other similar constructs and confirm Ang et al.’s four-factor model.


I would like to thank Dr. Michael Biderman, my thesis advisor and committee member, for his patience and unwavering support throughout this thesis process. I am so appreciative of his guidance and his push for me to “hang in there, kiddo.” I would also like to thank Dr. Amye Warren for her kindness and helpful feedback, Dr. Brian O’Leary for his encouragement and comedic relief, and Dr. Christopher Cunningham for his advice and continued efforts to push me to the finish line. Finally, I owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. David Ross, who had confidence in me from the beginning and went out of his way to set me up for success. These individuals were instrumental in my success at UTC and I am immensely grateful for their roles in not only my thesis but in my whole graduate school experience.


M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.




Cross-cultural orientation; Adaptability (Psychology); Multiculturalism -- Psychological aspects


Industrial and Organizational Psychology



Document Type

Masters theses


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