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Citation:  Horin, E.V., Hernandez, B., & Donoso, O.A. (2012). Behind closed doors: Assessing individuals from diverse backgrounds. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 37 (2), 87-97.
Title:  Behind closed doors: Assessing individuals from diverse backgrounds
Authors:  Horin, E.V., Hernandez, B., & Donoso, O.A.
Year:  2012
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-2012-0602
Full text:  http://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabili...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  This study surveyed 150 professionals on testing considerations made for clients' race/ethnicity and disability when (a) selecting tests, (b) administering tests, and (c) interpreting and writing results. Participants, who tested for the vocational rehabilitation system, completed a semi-structured survey online. Results indicated that they were more likely to consider clients' disability when selecting tests than race/ethnicity. During test administration, the majority reported not making adaptations or modifications (thus adhering to standardized instructions). However, participants were likely to factor clients' race/ethnicity and disability when interpreting results and writing reports. Content coding of open-ended responses revealed concerns when testing individuals who did not speak English fluently. An important area of research considering demographic shifts occurring in the United States, findings suggest the need to develop evidence-based practices when assessing culturally diverse populations.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Culturally diverse populations (e.g., African Americans, Native Americans, and non-English speaking populations)
Interventions:  Vocational assessment
Vocational rehabilitation