Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

David Shiek, Robert Simpson, Ronald Adams

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The purpose of this study was to develop short forms of the WISC-R for use in identifying children as intellectually average or below average. The national WISC-R standardization sample and a local WISC-R generalization sample were used. Both samples were restricted to those subjects with Full Scale IQ scores less than or equal to 100. Five different development procedures were used. Three procedures used stepwise multiple regression and two procedures used multiple discriminant analysis. The short forms developed by the multiple discriminant analysis were the most accurate. The administration time per subject was reduced but scoring complexity was increased. Usable, accurate, short forms of the WISC-R are possible and practical. But, the examiner must be willing to compromise between a savings in administration time with an increase in scoring time and complexity.


Child Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences