Replication of the factor structure of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—Third Edition with a Canadian Sample.

Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, University of Saskatchewan, 28 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. saklofske@sask.usask
Psychological Assessment (Impact Factor: 2.99). 01/2001; 12(4):436-9. DOI: 10.1037/1040-3590.12.4.436
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ABSTRACT Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of the subtests of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale--Third Edition (WAIS-III; D. Wechsler, 1997b) were conducted on a stratified sample of Canadian adults (n = 718). As was previously demonstrated for the children's version of this scale, the factor model of the American standardization sample was replicated across this Canadian national sample. Results of the factor analyses confirmed the presence of the 4 WAIS-III factors: Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Organization, Working Memory, and Processing Speed.

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    • "Specifically, the WAIS was best summarized by four factors: Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Organization, Working Memory, and Processing Speed. This supports the conclusions from previous factor analyses of the U.S. and Canadian WAIS-III normative samples (Saklofske et al., 2000; Taub, 2001) and suggests that the structure of the WAIS-III is similar across disparate populations (Ryan & Paolo, 2001). More specifically, these results support the use of the WAIS-III with postsecondary students with suspected disabilities. "
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    • "Comprensión verbal y memoria de trabajo pertenecen a la escala verbal, y organización perceptiva y velocidad de proceso a la escala manipulativa . Estos índices han sido replicados en distintos ámbitos geográficos: España (García, Ruiz, y Abad, 2003), Canadá (Saklofske, Hildebrand y Gorsuch, 2000), Reino Unido (Wycherley, Lavender, Holttum, Crawford y Mockler, 2005) y China (Yao, Chen, Jiang y Tam, 2007). El pase de trece de los tests permite la obtención de los tres CIs: verbal (CIV), manipulativo (CIM) y total (CIT), y de los cuatro índices (tabla 1). "
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