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Guide to Psychological Assessment with Hispanics

  • Lorraine T. Benuto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Antonio E. Puente, Davor Zink, Margie Hernandez, Tara Jackman-Venanzi, Alfredo Ardila
    Pages 15-31
  3. Orlando L. Pedrosa-Roche, Juan A. Nazario, Joy Lynn Suárez-Kindy
    Pages 49-55
  4. Nicholas S. Thaler, Sharon Jones-Forrester
    Pages 81-98
  5. Lorraine T. Benuto, Brian D. Leany
    Pages 99-112
  6. John S. Wiebe, John A. Sauceda, Carolina Lara
    Pages 113-127
  7. Emilia Lucio-Gomez Maqueo, Paulina Arenas-Landgrave
    Pages 129-139
  8. Dana M. Alonzo
    Pages 141-151
  9. Cassandra Snipes
    Pages 153-162
  10. Lourdes Suarez-Morales, Danette Beitra
    Pages 163-181
  11. Marta Meana, Taylor L. Oliver, Sarah C. Jones
    Pages 183-199
  12. Marisol Perez, Cortney S. Warren
    Pages 201-214
  13. Saul G. Alamilla, James V. Wojcik
    Pages 215-241
  14. Veronica Cardenas, Paula Helu, Denisse Tiznado, Jennifer Ho
    Pages 263-273
  15. Irene M. Bravo, Carmen S. Roca
    Pages 293-307

About this book


A breakthrough moment in psychological assessment was the realization that one size does not fit all. Few populations prove this true as much as America’s largest ethnic minority: Hispanics, whose lives reflect a wide spectrum of cultural, language, and social factors. Traditionally, assessment has paid scant attention to such variables, but now clinicians are increasingly aware of linguistic and acculturation issues that can influence how psychological problems present—and that skewed test results can lead to misdiagnosis, inappropriate and ineffective treatment, and potentially devastating consequences.


The Guide to Psychological Assessment with Hispanics meets this evolving challenge by both outlining necessary cultural considerations and recommending specific measures for conducting assessment with Latino clients. This comprehensive resource describes salient test instruments in every major diagnostic area, and reviews current research on their use. Discussion covers the strengths and limitations of every measure featured, which span the range of assessment domains and specialties, including:


  • Intelligence.
  • Personality.
  • Eating, sleeping, sexual, and substance abuse disorders.
  • Mood disorders and suicide risk.
  • Child-specific and school-based measures.
  • Neuropsychology, forensics, dementia, psychosis, malingering, and more.


As guidelines for therapy with Latino clients are coming into their own, culturally relevant assessment is of critical importance. Its depth of practical detail makes the Guide to Psychological Assessment with Hispanics an essential reference for clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and neuropsychologists.


Assessments in Spanish Cultural competence Culture and psychological assessment Hispanic psychological assessment Latino psychological assessment Psychological assessment Psychological testing Psychology Spanish speaking Spanish-speaking testing

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorraine T. Benuto
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Psychology, MS 0296University of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

About the editors

Lorraine T. Benuto received her doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and she currently works at the University of Nevada, Reno as a clinical psychologist where she provides treatment to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and child physical abuse. Dr. Benuto is also the associate director of the Nevada Caregiver Support Center where she works with individuals who have dementia and their families. Finally, Dr. Benuto chairs doctoral dissertations at Northcentral University. Dr. Benuto completed her APA-accredited internship at the VA in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she delivered psychological services to a culturally diverse clientele presenting with depression, anxiety, and dementia. Dr. Benuto has extensive experience delivering evidence-based treatments and conducting psychological assessments with the Latino population. She has delivered professional presentations at state, national, and international conferences on topics related to cultural competence and is co-editing Handbook of Adolescent Health Psychology, Guidelines to Psychological Assessment with African Americans, and Guidelines to Psychological Assessment with Asian Americans for Springer.

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