Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

  • Sydney E. Park
  • George J. DemakisEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1035-1


The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children family of tests, of which the fifth edition (WISC-V) is the newest edition, are some of the most frequently used measures of intelligence in children today. The WISC was derived from the Wechsler-Bellevue Intelligence Scale Form II in 1949 in order to evaluate the intelligence of children ages 5:0 to 15:11; the ages were subsequently adjusted to 6:0 to 16:11 in the first revision (WISC-R 1974) and maintained throughout the remaining revisions (Kaufman et al. 2016). There have been four revisions thus far (WISC-R, WISC-III 1991; WISC-IV 2003; WISC-V 2014), each of which have added and removed various subtests and indices; however, the overall structure has remained the same. This most recent revision made the test easier and more efficient to administer and provided an updated standardization sample. It provides a wider range of clinical utility than prior versions, as it can be utilized in diverse populations, as well as a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Psychology ProgramUniversity of North Carolina CharlotteCharlotteUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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