College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Neuropsychological Evaluation in Remedial Education for the American Indian.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1977

Keywords

Adolescents, American Indians, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Differences, Culture Fair Tests, Evaluation Criteria, Test Validity, Tests, Whites

Publication Title

Journal of American Indian Education

Volume

16

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

A NUMBER of recent studies have shown the usefulness of neuropsychological evaluation in the identification and treatment of brain-related learning disorders in children (Golden, 1977; Rourke, 1975). In general, it has been contended that neuropsychological tests are able to identify specific dysfunctions in the brain without being affected by social and cultural factors (Klove, 1974). If this is the case, neuropsychological evaluation offers potentially powerful assessment procedures in the case of the learning impaired American Indian child.

The most widely used battery of neuropsychological tests today is that devised by Ward Halstead (1947) and Ralph Reitan (1966). This battery has been demonstrated to be useful in many countries (Klove, 1974) as well as in school assessment (Golden, 1977; Golden, in press). The present study was run to discover whether Halstead-Reitan tests were insensitive to cultural differences seen in the Indian adolescent.

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