Culture and Children's Intelligence

Culture and Children's Intelligence

Cross-Cultural Analysis of the WISC-III

1st Edition - May 30, 2003

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  • Editors: James Georgas, Lawrence Weiss, Fons van de Vijver, Donald Saklofske
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080488615

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This book provides a unique cross-cultural perspective of the WISC-III. From construction, translation and adaptation in different cultures, to analysis of its structure and function as a concept, to its clinical use with different ethnic groups, Culture and Children's Intelligence provides clinician's the tools they need when using the WISC-III. The focus of this reference work is on children's intelligence as measured by the WISC-III in different cultures and its use in these cultures (USA, UK, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, and Greece). It also discusses the interpretation of the results of the WISC-III in terms of cultural and ethnic factors.

Key Features

  • Leading experts discuss the clinical use of the WISC-III as it relates to culture and children
  • Provides methods to clinicians and school psychologists to aid in understanding and interpreting results
  • Direct relevance to practitioners, researchers, and trainers


School psychologists, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, special education teachers and evaluators.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors.
    Part I: Intelligence and the Wechsler Scales for Children.
    D.H. Saklofske, L.G. Weiss, A.L. Beal, and D. Coalson, The Wechsler Scales for Assessing Children's Intelligence: Past to Present.
    J. Georgas, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Intelligence and Cognitive Processes.
    PartII: Standardization Studies of the WISC-III in Different Cultures.
    L.G. Weiss, The WISC-III in the United States.
    D.H. Saklofske, Canada.
    P. McKeown, United Kingdom.
    J. Gregoire, France and French-Speaking Belgium.
    M. Schittekatte, W. Kort, W. Resing, G. Vermeir, P. Verhaeghe, The Netherlands and Flemish-Speaking Belgium.
    U. Tewes, Germany.
    P. Rossmann and U. Schallberger, Austria and Switzerland.
    K. Sonnander and B. Ramund, Sweden.
    G. Gintiliene and S. Girdzijauskiene, Lithuania.
    D. Boben and V. Bucik, Slovenia.
    J. Georgas, I.N. Paraskevopoulos, E. Besevegis, N. Giannitsas, and K. Mylonas, Greece.
    K. Ueno and I. Nakatani, Japan.
    K. Kwak, South Korea.
    H.Y. Chen, Y.H. Chen, and J. Zhu, Taiwan.
    Part III: Cross-Cultural Analysis of the WISC-III
    F.J.R. van de Vijver, Principles of Adaptation of Intelligence Tests to Other Cultures.
    F.J.R. van de Vijver, K. Mylonas, V. Pavlopoulos, and J. Georgas, Methodology of Combining the WISC-III Data Sets.
    J. Georgas, F.J.R. van de Vijver, L.G. Weiss, and D.H. Saklofske, A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the WISC-III.
    Author Index.
    Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2003
  • Published: May 30, 2003
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080488615

About the Editors

James Georgas

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Athens, Greece

Lawrence Weiss

Lawrence G. Weiss, PhD is Vice President of Test Development for Pearson Clinical Assessment. He oversees a department of 150 professionals and is responsible for all research and test development activities related to the company’s psychological, educational, speech, language, and occupational therapy assessment products as well as post college admissions tests. He also advises on test development activities for the company’s international business partners around the globe including Pearson Clinical Assessment offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, India, China, Spain, and Brazil.

Dr. Weiss has presented widely on intelligence in more than a dozen countries. He has authored or co-authored the following 7 graduate level text books:

• WISC-III Cross Cultural Analyses: Culture and Children’s Intelligence (2003)

• WISC-IV Clinical Use and Interpretation (2005)

• WISC-IV Advanced Clinical Interpretation (2006)

• WISC-IV Clinical Use and Intervention (2008)

• WAIS-IV Clinical Use and Interpretation (2010)

• BAYLEY-III Clinical Use and Interpretation (2010)

• Advanced Clinical Assessment with WAIS-IV and WMS-IV (2013)

Some of his books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. In addition, he has authored or coauthored approximately 30 journal articles, 12 technical reports, and 10 other book chapters.

Dr. Weiss holds a PhD degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Texas A&M University, and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Trinity University. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife of 28 years, Judy Ann. The Weiss’ have two adult sons.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President of Test Development for Pearson Clinical Assessment

Fons van de Vijver

Affiliations and Expertise

Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Donald Saklofske

Dr. Donald H. Saklofske is Professor, Department of Psychology at The University of Western Ontario, Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University and International Research Associate, University of Florence. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Canadian Psychological Association. Don's research focuses on personality, intelligence, individual differences and psychological assessment. He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters and books. He is Editor-in-Chief of Personality and Individual Differences and Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Psychology at The University of Western Ontario, Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University and International Research Associate, University of Florence. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Canadian Psychological Association

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