Exploring the association between color-blind racial ideology and multicultural counseling competencies

Helen Neville, Lisa Spanierman, Bao Tran Doan

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The authors examined the association between color-blind racial ideology and self-reported multicultural counseling competencies in 130 applied psychology students and mental health workers. Results from 1 sample (n = 79) indicated that greater levels of color-blind racial ideology as measured by the Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale (Neville, Lilly, Duran, Lee, & Browne, 2000) were (1) related to lower self-reported multicultural counseling awareness and knowledge as measured by the Multicultural Counseling Knowledge and Awareness Scale (MCKAS; Ponterotto, Gretchen, Utsey, Rieger, & Austin, 2002) and (2) accounted for a significant amount of variance in MCKAS scores over and above that explained by self-reported multicultural training, social desirability, and participant race. Findings from another sample also provided empirical support for the link between higher color-blind racial ideology and lower multicultural case conceptualization ability (n = 51), after controlling for the influence of the number of multicultural course(s) taken. Implications of the findings and future directions are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-290
Number of pages16
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Color blind racism
  • Multicultural counseling competencies
  • Racial ideology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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