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Enhancing Psychological Assessment in Sub-Saharan Africa through Participant Consultation
Papers from the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Conferences
  • Amina Abubakar, Centre for Geographic Medicine Research
  • Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Tilburg University
  • Anneloes van Baar, Tilburg University
  • Patricia Kitsao-Wekulo
  • Penny Holding, Case Western Reserve University
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There are few psychological tools developed and standardized for use in sub-Saharan Africa. Consulting with target populations provides a potentially powerful procedure to develop and adapt measures for this population. This review identifies and describes methods used to consult target populations in sub-Saharan Africa. Relevant studies were identified using PsycINFO and PubMed, supplemented by a review of relevant books. We further illustrate the role of participant consultation in psychological assessment with examples of our work in Kilifi (Kenya). Three major approaches are described: focus groups, individual interviews, and participant observation. Participants have been consulted to generate items, identify appropriate assessment procedures, clarify the language used, and define constructs. It is concluded that participant consultation has contributed to the enhancement of construct, content, and criterion validity of studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa.1

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Abubakar, A., van de Vijver, F. J. R., van Baar, A., Kitsao-Wekulo, P., & Holding, P. (2009). Enhancing psychological assessment in Sub-Saharan Africa through participant consultation. In G. Aikaterini & K. Mylonas (Eds.), Quod Erat Demonstrandum: From Herodotus’ ethnographic journeys to cross-cultural research: Proceedings from the 18th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.