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Kimberly Holt Barrett & William H. George

In: Race, Culture, Psychology, & Law

Chapter 1: Psychology, Justice, and Diversity: Five Challenges for Culturally Competent Professionals

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Psychology, Justice, and Diversity: Five Challenges for Culturally Competent Professionals
Psychology, justice, and diversity: Five challenges for culturally competent professionals
Kimberly HoltBarrettUniversity of Washington
William H.GeorgeUniversity of Washington

The use of psychological evaluation and psychological testimony in the courts creates an interface between the disciplines of psychology and law. Perhaps nowhere can we find a lack of cultural competence to be more devastating than when it interferes with the service of justice. The need for cultural competence at the junctures of law and the study of human behavior is paramount.

In law, as in many other disciplines (medicine, psychology, education), minimal attention has been devoted to the importance of providing culturally competent services (Sue & Sue, 2003; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001). Despite well-published demographic information ...

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