Comparison of WAIS and Escala de Inteligencia Wechsler para Adultos scores in an institutionalized Latin American psychiatric population

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Abstract

Vocabulary and Block Design subtests of the WAIS and its Puerto Rican counterpart, the Escala de Inteligencia Wechsler para Adultos (EIWA), were compared in a chronic population of 42 hospitalized Latins and Trans-Caribbean Blacks. A matched sample of 12 English and Spanish speakers was administered the WAIS and the EIWA subtests, respectively. A sample of bilingual Latins was administered the EIWA and the WAIS subtests in a systematically counterbalanced order. In both designs, EIWA scores were significantly higher than WAIS scores. The assumption of equivalence of EIWA and WAIS estimates is questioned. (2 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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