Now in its Fourth Edition, the best-selling Assessing and Treating Culturally Diverse Clients offers effective, practical guidelines in working with culturally diverse clients. Author and clinician Freddy A. Paniagua first summarizes general guidelines that clinicians can apply when assessing, diagnosing, or treating culturally diverse clients, but also addresses clinical work with specific culturally diverse groups such as African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian clients. Two new chapters in this edition deal with the assessment, diagnoses, and treatment of emotional problems experienced by LGBT and older adult clientsfrom these culturally diverse groups.

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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