Assessment and Culture: Psychological Tests with Minority Populations

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Academic Press, Nov 5, 2001 - Psychology - 210 pages
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Assessment and Culture challenges the classical approach to the assessment of minority populations by pointing out the deficiencies in this approach and offers instead a bio-cultural model of assessment. The principle objective of this book is to help mental health professionals to more accurately assess individuals from various ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The culture-fair techniques and strategies of the book tap into a broad range of the abilities and aptitudes of the examinee. Assessment and Culture provides a cultural frame of reference which allows the examiner to take into account the individual's social and cultural factors in development, coping style and personal history. Individual chapters consider the practical aspects of assessing the intellectual, linguistic, academic, visual-motor, emotional and vocational functioning of culturally diverse children. An entire section of the book is devoted to writing the assessment report.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Ethical and Legal Issues in CrossCultural Assessment
17
Toward a BioCultural Perspective of Assessment
27
Assessing the Intellectual Functioning of Children
43
Assessing the Academic Performance of Children
71
Assessing the VisualMotor and Neuropsychological
85
Personality Assessment and Culturally Diverse Children
95
Cultural Issues in VocationalGuidance Assessment
113
A BioCultural Approach to Report Writing
121
Training School and University Personnel to Work
141
Implications for CrossCultural Research in Assessment
159
Policy Implications in CrossCultural Assessment
165
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Sharon-Ann Gopaul-McNicol, Ph.D. has recently been appointed as the Assistant Director for the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation. Prior to coming on at APA, she was the director/coordinator of the school psychology program at Howard University, and is a clinical and school psychologist. She is the author of eight books, some of have been used to train psychologists in working with cross-cultural populations. Dr. Gopaul-McNicol has presented at various national and international conferences and has served as a psychological and educational consultant for various education departments around the world.

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