The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI)
The CCAI (Kelley, C. & Meyers, J., 1995) is a 50 item-long instrument with which the ability of a person to live contentedly and work effectively in a cross-cultural environment is assessed. It is based on a non-culture-specific approach, which assumes that there are features common to all cultural transitions, irrespective of the culture of origin. The CCAI provides a framework within which to measure the ability of individuals to adapt from one culture to another or to work in a culturally diverse setting.
This self-assessment inventory gauges adaptability to other cultures on the basis of four research-based cultural dimensions:
- Emotional Resilience (18 Items):
Coping with stress and ambiguity
Recovering from imperfections and mistakes
Openness to new ideas and experiences
Interaction with people in new or unfamiliar situations
Emotionally resilient people are likely to be more positively inclined, resourceful and to control negative emotions.
- Flexibility/Openness (17 Items)
Openness towards, and preparedness to learn from things and people that are different from oneself
Tolerance of others, non-judgmental attitude towards new experiences
Flexibility or role behavior
The degree to which a person enjoys diverse approaches to behavior and thinking is analyzed
- Perceptual Acuity (10 Items)