The impact on attitudes towards cultural difference of participation in a health focused study abroad program

Contemp Nurse. 2000 Sep-Dec;9(3-4):246-55. doi: 10.5172/conu.2000.9.3-4.246.


The changes in attitudes towards cultural difference of seventeen participants in a three-week community health study abroad program to Nepal were compared with the changes in attitudes of a similar group who did not participate in the tour. Participants in the tour group were surveyed eight weeks prior to departure and in the last week of the tour using a twenty-six item questionnaire employing a six-point forced-choice response scale. The responses of participants in the tour group showed significant shifts in relation to eight items compared while the responses for the control group showed no significant shifts. Observed student advantages of participation in this study tour included the development of independent behaviour and positive cultural adjustment and adaptation.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Australia / ethnology
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • International Educational Exchange*
  • Male
  • Nepal
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Prejudice*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transcultural Nursing / education