Moving from culturally biased to culturally responsive assessment practices in low-resource, multicultural settings

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Date: Apr. 2017
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 153 words

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Ensuring that psychological assessments are appropriate and fair for clients from diverse cultures is challenging for most practitioners. When this challenge occurs in a poorly resourced setting against a background of social inequality, as is often the case in the South African context, practitioners need to be highly resourceful, as well as culturally sensitive and ethically aware. This article provides tangible suggestions to empower practitioners to address complex issues ranging from multilingualism, English-language proficiency, and multiculturalism to limited material and human resources. Emic assessments remain the gold standard for such contexts but are often not possible. Hence the article describes several approaches that represent departures from traditional methods of assessment, moving more toward narrative and contextual approaches to assessment. In doing so, the article advocates the creation of a set of guidelines for multicultural practice that can assist practitioners and researchers who work in low-resource, multicultural settings. Recommendations are provided in this regard.

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