Multiculturalism in the Forensic Context: Are We Serious About It, and How Far Can We Go? | Friday, September 25, 2020
Psychologists have recognized the importance of culture to adequate understanding of an individual, yet standard texts on forensic psychology contain only very limited coverage of issues commonly labeled as “multicultural.” Addressed in this session are various factors accounting for the seeming lack of attention to these cultural concerns. Consideration of culture as a unidimensional construct is inherently problematic and has placed distinct limits on research paradigms that can and have been reasonably applied to relevant questions. These same limitations extend to the ways in which data from psychological testing can be used idiographically. Additional focus will be brought on pragmatics such as the role of language and, briefly, the use of interpreters.
Psychologists attending this session will be able to:
- describe the differences between key concepts such as race, ethnicity, and culture and how they can complicate forensic work,
- explain how culture, as a multidimensional construct expands and complicates psychologists’ ability to develop multicultural interpretations,
- identify how cultural issues complicate interpretation of psychological tests, and
- describe how language impacts cultural formulations and psychological evaluation.