ERIC Number: ED471443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Neuropsychological Assessment of Hispanic American Elders: Critical Literature Review.
This paper reviews the literature on assessing elderly Hispanic Americans within the current neuropsychological context. The focus is on operationalizing multicultural competency through developing awareness, acquiring knowledge, and developing skills. In the realm of developing awareness, it is important to become aware of ones own limitations, biases, and values and those of the field. In the realm of acquiring knowledge, it is necessary to pursue specific cultural knowledge, training, and experience working with Hispanic elders. Even so, our knowledge of how cultural variables affect test performance is limited. In the realm of developing skills, it is important to recognize that intelligence may be characterized differently in different cultures. Commonly used assessment instruments may be inappropriate for use with Hispanic elders or may violate Hispanic values. Interpersonal cultural variables will influence the patient examiner relationship and test results as well. Interpreting scores within the patients cultural and ecological context will likely lead to more accurate diagnoses and the most useful treatment plans. By looking for ways to build awareness, knowledge and skills in these an other ways, neuropsychologists can begin to develop multicultural competency for assessing elderly Hispanic Americans. (Contains 42 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (110th, Chicago, IL, August 22-25, 2002).