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Using Culturally Biased Instruments
Using culturally biased instruments

Inaccuracies in the assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders can have three consequences: overdiagnosis, underdiagnosis, and misdiagnosis. Biases in testing are generally considered to be determining factors in such inaccuracies. Many scholars have attempted to eliminate or control biases in the assessment and diagnosis of multicultural groups, including by translating assessment instruments into the language of the group being tested and by developing culturally appropriate norms (Dana, 2000; Turner, DeMers, Fox, & Reed, 2001; Westermeyer, 1993; Yamamoto, 1986). Despite these attempts, the overall sense among researchers and clinicians is that biases in cross-cultural testing are still a reality (Anastasi, 1988; Dana, 1993a). The goal of this chapter is to provide clinicians and researchers with an overall culturally sensitive ...

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