Comparison of the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Third Edition in economically disadvantaged African American youth

J J Grados, K A Russo-Garcia
Journal of Clinical Psychology 1999, 55 (9): 1063-71
The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (K-BIT; Kaufman & Kaufman, 1990) and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Third Edition (WISC-III; Wechsler, 1991) are compared in 35 economically disadvantaged African American youth presenting for treatment in a community mental health setting. Significant correlations were found between K-BIT Composite and WISC-III Full Scale IQ scores. Results revealed significant differences between K-BIT and WISC-III scores; K-BIT Composite and Matrices mean scores were found to be 6 and 11 points higher than respective WISC-III Full Scale IQ and Performance IQ mean scores. No significant differences were obtained between K-BIT Vocabulary and WISC-III Verbal IQ scores. Our findings support the authors' recommendations for use of the Matrices subtest alone with African American youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (Kaufman & Kaufman, 1990).

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