1. Studies in American schools have been conducted to see if culturally sensitive and technically
adequate nonverbal measures of ability for Mexican American children. The researchers
compared the discrepancy between the performance on ability test (“Naglieri Nonverbal Ability
Test”) vs actual ability on varous different domains. These differences in Mexican American
students were compared to those of the standardized population. Results showed that slight
differences exist between the two groups but they are not significantly large. This suggests that
the “Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test” is an relatively valid test, regardless of cultural differences.
Still, the results should be interpreted with caution and this test should be used with other
multidimensional ability ability/intelligence measures in order to receive the most accurate
measures. One argument against this proposal is that this test may be valid for individuals of
North American (Mexican to be more precise) heritage, but maybe not for Asian cultures. It is
possible that the discrepancies in ability measures may be significantly large for Asian student
who take the “Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test”. But this is pure speculation and may be incorrect.
The present study shows that two culturally populations performed similarly on culturally
sensitive tests, indicating that psychometric measures are valid for populations whose first
language is not English.
2. The “Beck Depression Inventory” is one of the most widely used instruments for measuring
the severity of depression in patients. It consists of multiple choice self-report inventory
questions. Some believe that this scale is culturally sensitive and is not reliable for measuring
depression in different cultures. A study measured the internal consistency reliability in Mexican
American youth. The result demonstrated excellent internal consistency reliability and show
support for the use of the BDI as measure of depression in different samples. This scale is most
likely valid for other different cultures as well. Unfortunately, the majority of cross cultural
psychometric validity testing has been done in north America (comparing Mexican Americans to
European Americans and African Americans). The future scope is to perform the same tests and
see their validity in patients whose first language is mandarin, for example.
3. Another study examined the validity of the “Short Form -36 Survey” in Traumatized
Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees. The scale looked at self-perceived mental and physical
health. Results showed that this study presented excellent internal consistency. Some aspects,
similar to other studied of Asian samples, indiscriminating dimensions such as Vitality from
mental health; regardless the test had accurate results. This study proves that psychometric
testing produce valid results for individuals from various cultures. In this case individuals whose primary language was Cambodian (also known as Khmer) and Vietnamese and were tested
with the SF 36; results of which showed that the test was accurate in defining these individual’s
self-image. Past literature compared Mexican Americans with the standardized population. This
study is different because it shows the same result for the significantly different Asian culture.
Previous studied that looked at Mexican Americans and European and African American
individuals were that they are all c