Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence by Alan S. Kaufman

Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence

Alan S. Kaufman and Elizabeth O. Lichtenberger
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The classic text—now updated with a new interpretive approach to the WAIS®-III

Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence, the classic text from Alan Kaufman and Elizabeth Lichtenberger, has consistently provided the most comprehensive source of information on cognitive assessment of adults and adolescents. The newly updated Third Edition provides important enhancements and additions that highlight the latest research and interpretive methods for the WAIS®-III.

Augmenting the traditional “sequential” and “simultaneous” WAIS®-III interpretive methods, the authors present a new approach derived from Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory. This approach combines normative assessment (performance relative to age peers) with ipsative assessment (performance relative to the person's own mean level). Following Flanagan and Kaufman's work to develop a similar CHC approach for the WISC®-IV, Kaufman and Lichtenberger have applied this system to the WAIS®-III profile of scores along with integrating recent WAIS®-III literature.

Four appendices present the new method in depth. In addition to a detailed description, the authors provide a blank interpretive worksheet to help examiners make the calculations and decisions needed for applying the additional steps of the new system, and norms tables for the new WAIS®-III subtest combinations added in this approach.

Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence remains the premier resource for the field, covering not only the WAIS®-III but also the WJ III®, the KAIT, and several brief measures of intelligence, as well as laying out a relevant, up-to-date discussion of the discipline. The new, theory-based interpretive approach forthe WAIS®-III makes this a vital resource for practicing psychologists, as well as a comprehensive text for graduate students.

Publisher Description

Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence, Third Edition features comprehensive coverage of clinical and neuropsychological assesment, focusing on the WAIS -III, but also covering the WJ III TM , the KAIT, and several brief measures of intelligence. The 2005 release of this popular text now has an alternative interpretive system for the WAIS -III that integrates normative assessment (performance relative to age peers) with ipsative assessment (performance relative to the person's own mean level), which draws heavily on Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) Theory. Three new appendices include the alternate interpretive system, which is intended to supplement the interpretive approach already covered in the book; a blank interpretive worksheet to permit examiners to conduct all of the calculations and decision-making that is necessary to apply the seven steps of this new system to the WAIS -III profiles of the people they test; and norms tables for new combinations of WAIS -III subtests that are incorporated into the new interpretive system.

Author Biography

ALAN S. KAUFMAN, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychology at Yale University School of Medicine and resides in San Diego, California. He is the author or coauthor of numerous, widely used psychological assessment instruments and books, and is a series editor (with Nadeen Kaufman) of the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series (Wiley). He and Elizabeth Lichtenberger have collaborated on a number of books, including Essentials of WAIS®-III Assessments. His most recent tests include the second editions of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children (KABC-II), Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-II), and Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT-2). ELIZABETH O. LICHTENBERGER, PhD, is a clinical psychologist residing in Carlsbad, California. She has coauthored numerous books, including Essentials of Assessment Report Writing (with Nancy Mather, Nadeen Kaufman, and Alan Kaufman), Essentials of KABC-II Assessment (with Alan Kaufman, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, and Nadeen Kaufman), and Essentials of WIAT-II® and KTEA-II Assessment (with Donna Smith), all from Wiley.

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