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The Impact of Multicultural Personality on Tolerance of Diversity in a Sample of Portuguese University Students

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15348/1980-6906/psicologia.v18n2p57-74



Liliia Korol1, Gabriela Gonçalves & Maria Cabral2


Abstract: This article focused on studying the impact of multicultural personality on tolerance towards diversity among a sample of 245 Portuguese university students. With the use of correlation analysis, the findings revealed that all multicultural personality dimensions (cultural empathy, open-mindedness, emotional stability, social initiation, and flexibility) were highly associated with tolerance of diversity, demonstrating close relationship between multicultural personality and tolerance to representatives of different cultural background. At the same time, only open-mindedness was investigated to be positive predictor of tolerance in intercultural context. Practical implications of the research are also discussed.

Key words: tolerance; multicultural personality; intercultural; diversity; Portugal.


Resumo: O presente artigo examina a relação entre a personalidade multicultural e a tolerância à diversidade, junto de um grupo de 245 alunos universitários portugueses. As análises de correlação permitiram observar a relação entre as várias dimensões da personalidade multicultural (empatia cultural, abertura de espírito, iniciação social e flexibilidade) conforme definição do constructo e do instrumento de medida e a existência de uma forte associação entre a personalidade multicultural e a tolerância a membros de diferentes comunidades culturais. Simultaneamente, o fator ‘abertura de espírito’ revelou-se como um preditor positivo de tolerância em contextos interculturais. São ainda discutidas no estudo implicações práticas dos resultados encontrados.

Palavras-chave: tolerância; personalidade multicultural; interculturalidade; diversidade; Portugal.


1 National University of Ostroh Academy, Ostroh – Ukraine. Endereço para correspondência: Liliia Korol, National University of Ostroh Academy, Department of Intercultural Communication, Rivne Region, Ostroh, Ukraine. 35800.
2 Universidade do Algarve, Faro – Portugal


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