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Construct validity of the WISC-R mexicano

Author: AnnMaria Bernadette Rousey
Publisher: 1990.
Dissertation: Ph. D. University of California, Riverside 1990
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Can the WISC-R Mexicano, a translation of Wechsler's Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised, be considered a valid measure of intelligence? In this dissertation, intelligence is defined as the general ability to make correct responses in a variety of situations. Construct validity is tested by the development of a framework of hypotheses regarding the characteristics and correlates of intelligence.
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Genre/Form: Dissertations, Academic
Additional Physical Format: Rousey, AnnMaria Bernadette.
Construct validity of the WISC-R mexicano.
1990
(OCoLC)24731456
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: AnnMaria Bernadette Rousey
OCLC Number: 742381705
Notes: Includes abstract.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Ann Arbor, Mich.] : ProQuest, 2011. Mode of access: World Wide Web. Access restricted to subscribing institutions.
Description: xiii, 215 leaves : illustrations ; 29 cm
Responsibility: by AnnMaria Bernadette Rousey.

Abstract:

Can the WISC-R Mexicano, a translation of Wechsler's Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised, be considered a valid measure of intelligence? In this dissertation, intelligence is defined as the general ability to make correct responses in a variety of situations. Construct validity is tested by the development of a framework of hypotheses regarding the characteristics and correlates of intelligence.

It is presumed that intelligence should relate to academic performance, socioeconomic status, family size, urbanization and adaptive behavior. Analysis of various subtests should show a substantial first principal component and factors identifiable as Verbal and Performance abilities. These hypotheses were all supported. There should not be great ability differences across geographic regions of the same country, nor across subscales of the same test. These hypotheses were not supported.

The WISC-R Mexicano appears to be a measure of intelligence, similar but not equivalent to the WISC-R. Of particular concern are the low correlations with school performance measures, significant ethnic group by subtest interactions and significant regional differences, particularly on Verbal measures. The question of construct validity is answered in terms of more or less. The answer in this case is 'less'. The WISC-RM may be useful for the identification of gifted children, but is inappropriate for identifying children as either mentally handicapped or learning disabled.

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