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Chapter Three: Cultural Variables and the Process of Neuropsychological Assessment in the Neurorehabilitation Setting After Brain Injury

DOI:

10.1891/9780826115287.0003

Authors

  • Lequerica, Anthony H.
  • Panyavin, Ivan

Abstract

Neuropsychological assessment involves the administration of a battery of tests that assess a variety of cognitive domains to obtain a clinical picture of brain behavior relationships. Within the inpatient rehabilitation setting, neuropsychologists often perform various functions, including neuropsychological assessment, psychotherapy, and assistance with adjustment issues for patients and their families. This chapter discusses some of the common cultural issues that impact neuropsychology in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. It focuses on potential sources of bias that can threaten the validity of neuropsychological tests. The chapter also examines the process of the neuropsychological evaluation within the inpatient setting when working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. It deals with a complex composite of sociodemographic factors that include education, socioeconomic status (SES), race, ethnicity, language, and worldview, all of which interact with one another to influence brain-behavior relationships.