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Essentials of WAIS-IV Assessment, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-27188-9
478 pages
December 2012
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Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need to confidently administer, score, and interpret the WAIS®-IV

Coauthored by Alan S. Kaufman, who was mentored by David Wechsler—the creator of the Wechsler scales—Essentials of WAIS®-IV Assessment, Second Edition is thoroughly revised and updated to provide beginning and seasoned clinicians with comprehensive step-by-step guidelines for effective use of the WAIS®-IV. This invaluable guide provides clinicians with a brand new interpretive process, overhauling its system of profile interpretation to be equally powerful across the entire WAIS®-IV age range.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, this book is designed to help busy mental health professionals quickly acquire the basic knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of a major psychological assessment instrument. 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.

The new edition explores timely topics including gender and ethnic differences, as well as the role of the Flynn Effect in capital punishment court cases. Along with an accompanying CD-ROM containing scoring tables and case report material, the Second Edition includes information and advice on how to administer Q-interactive™—the new digital version of the test—for administration of the WAIS®-IV via iPad®.

Other titles in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series:

Essentials of Assessment Report Writing

Essentials of WISC®-IV Assessment, Second Edition

Essentials of WMS®-IV Assessment

Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, Third Edition

Essentials of WJ III™ Tests of Achievement Assessment

Essentials of WJ III™ Cognitive Abilities Assessment, Second Edition

Essentials of Neuropsychological Assessment, Second Edition

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Series Preface xi

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

One Introduction and Overview 1

Two How to Administer the WAIS-IV 53

Three How to Score the WAIS-IV 98

Four How to Interpret the WAIS-IV: Conceptual and Clinical Foundations 119

Five How to Interpret the WAIS-IV: Step-by-Step 150

Six Clinical Applications I: A Neuropsychological Approach to Interpretation of the WAIS-IV and the Use of the WAIS-IV in Learning Disability Assessments 216
George McCloskey, Emily S. Hartz, and Katherine Scipioni

Seven Clinical Applications II: Age and Intelligence Across the Adult Life Span 254

Eight Clinical Applications III: WAIS-IV Use With Special Groups, Practice Effects, and Gender Differences 299

Nine Strengths and Weaknesses of the WAIS-IV 332
Ron Dumont and John O. Willis

Ten Illustrative Case Reports 353

Eleven The Initial Digital Adaptation of the WAIS-IV 389
Tommie G. Cayton, Dustin Wahlstrom, and Mark H. Daniel

References 427

Annotated Bibliography 445

About the Authors 448

Author Index 449

Subject Index 455

About the CD-ROM 472

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ELIZABETH O. LICHTENBERGER, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist residing in Carlsbad, California. She has coauthored several Essentials books, including Essentials of Assessment Report Writing (with Nancy Mather, Nadeen Kaufman, and Alan Kaufman). She and Alan Kaufman are coauthors of Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence, now in its third edition.

ALAN S. KAUFMAN, PhD, a leading expert on intelligence testing, is Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine. His books, tests, and intelligent testing approach have had worldwide impact on clinical assessment. Dr. Kaufman's approach to test interpretation and his tests—such as KABC-II and KTEA-II, which he co-created with Nadeen Kaufman—reflect an integration of psychometric, theoretical, and clinical perspectives. Alan and Nadeen are the Series Editors of Wiley's Essentials of Psychological Assessment series.

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