Cultural Diversity in Neuropsychology
The term “cultural diversity” generally refers to the differences in defining cultural features that exist between people (or within a given population), such as “belief systems and value orientations that influence customs, norms, practices, and social institutions, including psychological processes (language, care taking practices) and organizations (media, educational systems)” (retrieved October 16, 2015, from apa.org/pi/oema/resources/policy/multicultural-guidelines.aspx). With respect to neuropsychology, the term encompasses racial and ethnic diversity, and other dimensions of diversity, including language, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, class status, education, religion/spiritual orientation, and other cultural dimensions, among neuropsychologists themselves and the populations they interact with, as well as issues related to the influences of race, ethnicity, and other aspects of diversity on neuropsychological evaluations and interventions.
References and Readings
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- American Psychological Association. (2002). Guidelines on multicultural education, training, research, practice, and organizational change for psychologists. Retrieved 16 Oct 2015, from apa.org/pi/oema/resources/policy/multicultural-guidelines.aspx.
- American Psychological Association’s Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (apa.org/about/division/div45.aspx).
- American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct with the 2010 Amendments (apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx).
- American Psychological Association’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Office (apa.org/pi/oema/about/index.aspx).
- American Psychological Association’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Office Multicultural Training Resources (apa.org/pi/oema/resources/multicultural-training.aspx).
- American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program (apa.org/pi/mfp/index.aspx).
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