Guide to Psychological Assessment with Asians: An Introduction
The American Psychological Association (APA, Statement Policy Statement on evidence-based practice in psychology, 2005) defined evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP) as “the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences.” This philosophy aligns well with both the goal and organization of this book. While some experts have questioned the use of EBPP with ethnic minority individuals due to the underrepresentation of such individuals in the scientific literature (Bernal & Scharró-del-Río, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 7(4):328–342, 2001) the extent to which EBPP applies to most ethnic groups has not been extensively researched. This text offers an overview of EBPP specific to psychological assessment with Asians in a US context. To this end, we identified experts from the field of psychology to write the chapters that together make-up this book. In this introductory chapter we discuss the challenges of conducting psychological assessments with Asian clients as well as themes that were identified as this book was compiled.
KeywordsEating Disorder Psychological Assessment Psychological Service Specific Cultural Group Ethnic Minority Individual
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