ERIC Number: ED072295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of Cognitive Behavior of Economically Disadvantaged Young Adults in North Mississippi.
Wolfe, Lillian S.; And Others
This study sought to determine the appropriateness of two conventional intelligence tests for assessing the ability of economically deprived young adults participating in job training programs by comparing their test results with those of the test standardization groups. The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), and the Langmuir Oral Direction Test (ODT), were administered to subjects on different days. An analysis of test findings revealed that two of the poverty samples, the Manpower and Vocational Training, were found to be homogeneous. They resembled the WAIS normative sample on means, standard deviations, and correlations, whereas the other group, the Neighborhood Youth Corps, differed significantly. Possible explanations for these discrepancies may be chronological age, sex, or race Evaluations of these factors were not conducted. The study does show conclusively however, that poverty status alone does not guarantee below-average scores on intelligence tests. (SN)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Univ., University. Center for Manpower Studies.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale