Cross-cultural neuropsychological assessment: theory and by Victor Nell

By Victor Nell

This can be a publication for all neuropsychologists who're known as upon to evaluate culturally diversified clients--with only a few exceptions this present day, this suggests each neuropsychologist. In Minneapolis as in Oslo, migrant and refugee minorities bring up review and try validity difficulties that can not be overlooked. To deal realistically with the matter of doing neuropsychological tests with no norms, Nell describes the rules of a "behavioral neuropsychology," after which units out interview, try, and interpretation equipment that may let clinicians to supply legitimate and prognostically exact exams. For operating neuropsychologists, this is often an intensely sensible, how-to-do-it ebook. yet not like different hands-on publications, it lays a powerful historic and theoretical starting place for the perform of cross-cultural neuropsychology. It hence speaks to severe practitioners who have to be definite that their review findings should not in basic terms right, but additionally sufficiently well-grounded to face as much as specialist scrutiny and to forensic checking out in a courtroom of legislations.

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Underlying these specific therapeutic injunctions is the need to remain sensitive to the disparities in power and status between professionals and those they serve. Honoring Difference, Respecting Equality Despite episodes of political misuse, cross-cultural psychology is uniquely able to provide a humane framework within which the best interests of minority and culturally different peoples can be served by recognizing culture-specific differences rather than by an ideological universalism that seeks to obliterate these differences.

Intellectually, the neuropsychologist is compelled to confront and deal with the problem of construct validity, which as pointed out in the previous section is one of the most abstract and elusive in psychology (chap. 5). Politically, psychology and neuropsychology have always regarded themselves as above politics, which they can never be (Nell, 1997a). But the study of cultural difference very soon runs into questions about the values and attitudes that underlie the study of ability differences between peopleand anything that suggests that there are intellectual disparities between ethnic or cultural groups at once comes under suspicion as potentially racist.

Isbn10 | asin : 0805833552 print isbn13 : 9780805833553 ebook isbn13 : 9780585201290 language : English subject Neurologic examination, Transcultural medical care. 8/0475 subject : Neurologic examination, Transcultural medical care. Page iii Cross-Cultural Neuropsychological Assessment: Theory and Practice Victor Nell University of South Africa Page iv Copyright © 2000 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by photostat, microform, retrieval system, or any other means, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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