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Neuropsychological Assessment of the Criminal Defendant

The Significance of Cultural Factors

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Handbook of Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology

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Neuropsychologists are often asked to evaluate complex cases involving the neurobehavioral consequences of brain injury with numerous etiological and modulating considerations beyond the injury indicated in the referral. Though many of these patients have sustained a serious compromise in their intellectual, behavioral, and cognitive functioning, the magnitude of their impairment and its relationship to their disability is often difficult to ascertain. Examining patients in a forensic context is even more challenging given the myriad of variables that potentially affect the assessment process. Moreover, specific modulating factors such as low motivation, low education, nonorganic or functional disturbances, concurrent medical disorders (e.g., hypertension, pulmonary, cardiovascular disease), socioeconomic status, cultural and/or ethnic influences, and a history of chemical dependency can further complicate this complex differential diagnostic process (Lezak, 1995; Sbordone, 1991; Strickland et al., 1993).

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Sbordone, R.J., Strickland, T.L., Purisch, A.D. (2000). Neuropsychological Assessment of the Criminal Defendant. In: Fletcher-Janzen, E., Strickland, T.L., Reynolds, C.R. (eds) Handbook of Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology. Critical Issues in Neuropsychology. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4219-3_19

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