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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This handy reference on intellectual assessment covers the origins of intellectual assessment, emerging theories of intelligence, new and revised instruments for assessing intelligence across the life-span, and future research directions in this area.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive conceptual and practical overview of current theories of intelligence and measures of cognitive ability. The second edition updates the original version (1996) with the latest research in the field of intellectual assessment and includes new and revised instruments not available when the original version was published (e.g., WISC-IV, KABC-II, and WJ-III).
Audience: According to the authors, this book is intended for practitioners, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and other professionals involved in psychology and education. It would be appropriate for courses involving intellectual assessment, cognitive psychology, or measurement and psychometric theory.
Features: This book starts with an informative and quite interesting historical perspective of intellectual measurement and test interpretation. It then covers a broad range of current perspectives on intelligence, including the conceptualization of intelligence using Luria's work on the functional aspects of brain structures (PASS). These conceptualizations include specific applications to disorders such as ADHD and reading disabilities. In the section on interpretation, there are useful discussions regarding profiles such as ACID and SCAD for subtest interpretation. The section addressing intelligence tests in different populations, including the assessment of culturally/linguistically diverse individuals, provides an invaluable framework for understanding the limitations of our current intellectual tests in these populations. There are summary tables and figures scattered throughout the text that make it easy to reference this material, although some of them are quite complex and require an understanding of advanced statistical and modeling concepts. Overall, this book is written in a manner that conveys the authors' excitement for the subject matter and is surprisingly enjoyable to read.
Assessment: The authors have succeeded in producing an excellent reference that should be read by anyone involved in the assessment of human and cognitive abilities. This highly recommended book is one of the most comprehensive references on intellectual assessment without being laborious to read. While it is highly appropriate for psychology courses, clinicians at all levels also will find it a helpful review of the current literature. The second edition is a welcome addition, as it updates the current literature, addresses new and revised instruments, and adds the astute section on the use of intelligence tests in diverse populations.