Cultural competence: A form of stereotype rationality

Sean T. Stevens, Lee Jussim, Lillian A. Stevens, Stephanie M. Anglin

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Increased diversity within a society inevitably increases interactions between people of different cultural backgrounds. In this chapter, we contend that arguments calling for increased cultural competence are synonymous with calls for increased accuracy in social perception. Evidence that individuals are more accurate in their beliefs about other groups than social psychology has typically given them credit for is reviewed and how to judiciously apply this knowledge is discussed. Potential obstacles to increased cultural competence are also identified, such as intergroup conflict, particularly in the political domain. We conclude with recommendations for promoting cultural competence by encouraging a sensitivity to group and individual differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCultural Competence in Applied Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationAn Evaluation of Current Status and Future Directions
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319789972
ISBN (Print)9783319789958
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Cultural competence
  • Group differences
  • Individuating information
  • Stereotype accuracy
  • Stereotype rationality


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