Between the Binet and the Wechsler

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 322–323. Reviews the book, Clinical Evaluation of Young Children with the McCarthy Scales by Alan S. Kaufman and Nadeen L. Kaufman (1977). In a well-written and comprehensive book, the authors have achieved their stated purpose-namely, the provision of a practical guide for the clinical evaluation of young children using the McCarthy Scales. The first section provides a rationale for the use of the McCarthy Scales with special reference to such issues as testing black children, limitations of the test, and the degree to which test results can be considered intelligence test scores. Drawing on their own extensive research, the author provide in section 2 a systematic review of ways in which the McCarthy Scales can be interpreted quantitatively and qualitatively for clinical purposes. Section 3 includes a description of the use of the scales in a battery of tests and a detailed presentation of nine selected case reports done by the second author. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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