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Neuropsychological assessments and Filipino Americans: Cultural implications for practice

TitleNeuropsychological assessments and Filipino Americans: Cultural implications for practice
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsNadal, KL, Monzones, J
Book TitleThe neuropsychology of Asian Americans
Pagination47-70
PublisherPsychology Press; US
CityNew York, NY
ISBN Number978-1-84169-784-0 (Hardcover)
Accession NumberBook: 2010-22283-004
Keywords*Cross Cultural Treatment, *Cultural Sensitivity, *Neuropsychological Assessment, *Neuropsychology, *Southeast Asian Cultural Groups, Acculturation, Cross Cultural Differences, Ethnic Values, Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention [3300], Human Male Female Childhood (birth-12 yrs) Adolescence (13-17 yrs) Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Immigration, Language Proficiency, Minority Groups, neuropsychological services, neuropsychological assessment, Filipino Americans, minority groups, culturally sensitive treatment, language proficiency, acculturation, physician patient relationships, Filipino culture, Filipino values, Philippines US, Therapeutic Processes
Abstract(from the chapter) This chapter will focus on the experiences of Filipino Americans, one group that is often overlooked, invisible, or marginalized by both general society and within the Asian American community. Filipinos and Filipino Americans present a unique set of challenges and considerations for the neuropsychologist, in large part informed by the particular cultural experiences of this community. The practitioner may expect Filipino clients to be proficient in the English language, but not always acculturated to Western norms; deferential to people in positions of authority, such as psychologists or doctors, but not necessarily comfortable with mental health concepts or even with asking basic questions; and frequently anchored by religious faith, commitments to family, and well-established codes of conduct. By understanding some of the salient influences on Filipino culture and thought, the neuropsychologist can be better positioned to anticipate potential problem areas, and approach Filipino clients in a culturally specific, informed manner. Of course, working effectively with Filipino and Filipino American clients is necessarily more complicated than simply learning phrases or basic concepts. Nonetheless, this introduction to Filipino values, beliefs, and practices can provide a useful context for neuropsychologists working with this community. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
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