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Cultural Issues in Evaluations
Cultural issues in evaluations
RosemaryVasquez, LCSW

Cultural issues may be a significant component of a child custody evaluation. Many people identify themselves along a cultural or racial continuum. How a person identifies himself or herself will be very individual to that person. The impact related to the family dynamics may be affected by that identification. In this chapter, I will provide my perspective on how this occurs and on the issues that are important for custody evaluators. The cultural identification may vary according to the individual, and it is important for the evaluator to understand the words people use in their own identification.

For example, Spanish-speaking individuals may be identified by their country of origin (Puerto Rican, Mexican, etc.). The term Hispanic was created ...

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