Testing Hispanics: Bilingualism, Culture, and Psychometrics

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 17–18. Reviews the book, Psychological Testing of Hispanics edited by Kurt F. Geisinger (1992). The book's objective is to focus on the proper use of tests, although its intent is not to provide pragmaticprescriptions for using tests with Hispanics. The focus, rather, is jointly on science and broad issues of practice. The book succeeds in alerting practitioners and researchers about the problems, caveats, and knowledge gaps in testing Hispanic clients. However, the book leaves test users with a paradox and in a dilemma. The paradox is that, although complex and dynamic linguistic and cultural differences are scientifically known to exist among Hispanic groups and between non-Hispanic and Hispanic populations, there is very little evidence that these have any impact on psychometric properties. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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