Overview of Issues Related to Serving Asian and Asian American Clients

J. Mark Davis

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    Abstract

    The Asian population in the USA is expected to increase by 79 % between 2000 and 2050, and the Asian population grew faster than any other racial group, expanding from around 10 million to approximately 15 million, between
    2000 and 2010. At the same time, estimates suggest that minorities comprise only 7.2 % of the American Psychological Association (APA) membership and 6.8 % of the Division 40 membership. Only 1.7 % of individuals certifi ed by the American Board of Professional Psychology have Asian surnames, admittedly a crude estimate of the number of neuropsychologists of Asian heritage. The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) directory lists fewer than 20 clinical neuropsychologists who report profi ciency in Asian languages. With nearly 15 million people in the USA self-identifying as “Asian,” it is unlikely that an Asian American who presents for neuropsychological assessment will be served by a neuropsychologist from their racial, ethnic, and/or linguistic background. Clinical neuropsychologists who are not from Asian backgrounds need to learn about factors that likely infl uence assessment and treatment with Asian American clients. This chapter provides an overview of demographic characteristics of major Asian groups (except those from the Indian ubcontinent) and sets the stage for more in-depth discussion of cultural, linguistic, ethical, cognitive, and psychometric factors later in the book. Clinical neuropsychologists who lack knowledge of cultural variables and appropriate procedures and norms specifi c to Asians or Asian Americans are at risk for failing to engage clients and for making assumptions and conclusions based on faulty, inadequate, or inappropriate information.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNeuropsychology of Asians and Asian Americans
    Subtitle of host publicationPractical and Theoretical Considerations
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter1
    Pages1-15
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4614-8074-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Davis, J. M. (2014). Overview of Issues Related to Serving Asian and Asian American Clients. In Neuropsychology of Asians and Asian Americans: Practical and Theoretical Considerations (pp. 1-15). Springer.