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Essentials of WMS-IV Assessment

ISBN: 978-0-470-62196-7
306 pages
January 2011
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Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need toconfidently administer, score, and interpret the WMS®-IV

Complete coverage of administration, scoring,interpretation, and reporting

Expert advice on avoiding common pitfalls

Conveniently formatted for rapid reference

The most recent revision of one of the most popular memory assessment instruments, the Wechsler Memory Scale-Fourth Edition (WMS®-IV) is a widely used measure of memory functioning, which is particularly useful in the assessment of individuals with dementia, traumatic brain injury, and substance abuse problems, among others. Professionals need an authoritative source on administration, scoring, and interpretation in order to use this test properly. Written by the test developers for the WMS®-IV, Essentials of WMS®-IV Assessment is that source.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, this book is designed to help busy mental health professionals, and those in training, quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of major psychological assessment instruments. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Integrating WMS®-IV data with the WAIS®-IV and other measures of cognitive ability and memory for adults, Essentials of WMS®-IV Assessment now includes four new subtests and a revised index structure. The authors also offer expert assessment of the test's relative strengths and weaknesses, valuable advice on its clinical applications, and several illuminating case studies.

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Series Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

One Overview 1

Two How to Administer the WMS-IV 25

Three How to Score the WMS-IV 65

Four Interpretation 83

Five Strengths and Weaknesses of the WMS-IV 159

Six Using WMS-IV with WAIS-IV 169

Seven Clinical Applications of the WMS-IV 193

Eight Illustrative Case Reports 217

References 243

Appendix 253

Annotated Bibliography 263

About the Authors 265

Author Index 267

Subject Index 271

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Lisa Whipple Drozdick, PhD, is a research director at Pearson. She has worked on the development of several tests, including the WAIS®-IV, WMS®-IV, NEPSY®-II, and WISC®-IV. She has presented and published several articles in the areas of assessment and geropsychology.

James A. Holdnack, PhD, is a senior research director for Pearson. As manager of the neuropsychology team, he has developed neuropsychological tests including WMS®-IV, Advanced Clinical Solutions for the Wechsler Scales, NEPSY®-II and D-KEFS. He has published book chapters and research articles on the Wechsler Scales.

Robin C. Hilsabeck, PhD, ABPP-CN, is Director of Postdoctoral Training in Clinical Neuropsychology at South Texas Veterans Health Care System and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has published several research articles in the areas of psychometrics and neuropsychological assessment, including some on the Wechsler Scales

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