≪Organizer Abstract≫
The main focus of the symposium is how symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), learning disabilities (LD), and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) manifest in different cultures and assessment issues related with these disabilities in different cultural contexts. Although diagnostic criteria in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) are used worldwide, the same types and levels of functional impairment can manifest as different symptoms in different cultural contexts. For example, an appropriate behavior in a culture could be considered abnormal in another culture. Thus, clinicians and educators need to know the cultural impacts on interpreting the results of psychological assessments, especially when they are working with individuals from different cultural background. Presenters in this symposium will bring their ideas for discussion based on their empirical data and clinical experiences in cross-cultural settings.
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