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A consideration of the comparability of the WAIS and WAIS-R.

Authors
  • Reitan, Ralph M1
  • Wolfson, Deborah1
  • 1 a Reitan Neuropsychology Laboratory , Tucson , AZ.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Clinical neuropsychologist
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1990
Volume
4
Issue
1
Pages
80–85
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13854049008401499
PMID: 29022434
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The WAIS-R continues to be used on a widespread basis as a substitute for the WAIS in neuropsychological assessment, in spite of cautions that have been published (Bornstein, 1987). Although differences in results obtained with the two instruments have been reported, a feeling seems to exist that content differences between the two tests are minimal. This paper presents a detailed comparison of the subtests and reports that substantial differences in content are often present. Finally, our literature search failed to reveal a single study in which the WAIS-R has been shown to be sensitive to cerebral damage through controlled comparisons of brain-damaged and control groups. Sufficient evidence is not yet available to justify substitution of the WAIS-R for the WAIS in neuropsychological assessment.

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