ERIC Number: ED236172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Ethnic Group Bias in WISC-R Verbal Items.
Mishra, Shitala P.
The study investigated cultural bias in the verbal items of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised (WISC-R). Six verbal subtests of the WISC-R were administered to 40 Anglo, 40 Mexican-American, and 40 Navajo intermediate grade students matched for grade level, sex, and socioeconomic status. The responses of three groups of subjects to individual items comprising verbal subtests were analyzed by log-linear technique using the likelihood ratio chi-square statistic. The findings revealed that the performance of subjects was homogeneous across three cultural groups on the items comprising Arithmetic, Comprehension, and Digit Span subtests. Ten of the 79 items comprising Information, Similarities, and Vocabulary subtests were, however, found to be biased against Mexican-American subjects whereas 15 items of the same three subtests were identified as biased against Native-American Navajos. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chi Square Analysis; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (Revised)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983). Light type throughout document.