Neurologic-Based Communication Disorders: Cultural Issues in Providing Services to Clients and their Families While neurologic impairment can occur in any racial, ethnic, or cultural group, some types of disorders are more prevalent among different groups. For example, demographics indicate minorities are overly represented in the head injured population. The Interagency Head-Injury Task Force (1989)  listed African American males as comprising 34% of ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Neurologic-Based Communication Disorders: Cultural Issues in Providing Services to Clients and their Families
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  • Brenda Wilson
    Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
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Article   |   October 01, 2002
Neurologic-Based Communication Disorders: Cultural Issues in Providing Services to Clients and their Families
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2002, Vol. 8, 5-9. doi:10.1044/cds8.3.5
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2002, Vol. 8, 5-9. doi:10.1044/cds8.3.5
While neurologic impairment can occur in any racial, ethnic, or cultural group, some types of disorders are more prevalent among different groups. For example, demographics indicate minorities are overly represented in the head injured population. The Interagency Head-Injury Task Force (1989)  listed African American males as comprising 34% of closed head injury hospital admissions in four major cities. This is considerably above the total representation of African Americans in the US. Others (Cavallo & Saucedo, 1995; Burnett, Cifu, Kolakowsky-Hayner & Silver, 2000) also report a higher incidence of African Americans and Hispanics in the head injured population.
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