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Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

  • Kirk V. Szczepkowski
  • George J. DemakisEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1034-1



The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV) is the most frequently used measure of adult intelligence today (Groth-Marnat and Wright 2016). The history of the WAIS-IV can be traced back to the early work of the test’s namesake, David Wechsler. When he was hired as the Chief Psychologist at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in 1932, Wechsler was confronted with the need for a suitable measure of adult intelligence. Having worked closely with many influential psychologists and researchers in the areas of intelligence and assessment, Wechsler developed his first scale of adult intelligence. He published the Wechsler-Bellevue Scale in 1939 and the Wechsler-Bellevue Form II in 1946. From these two measures, Wechsler would go on to publish the WAIS in 1955 and the WAIS-Revised (WAIS-R) in 1981 just before his death (Boake 2002).

The WAIS-IV is the fourth revision of the WAIS. The measure has been shown to have significant utility among...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina CharlotteCharlotteUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Charlie Reeve
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  1. 1.University of North Carolina-CharlotteCharlotteUSA