College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Abbreviated Form of the Wechsler Memory Scale-III Faces Subtest.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2002

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Cognition Disorders, Memory Disorders, Middle Aged, Psychometrics, Regression Analysis, Reproducibility of Results, Wechsler Scales.

Publication Title

Assessment

ISSN

1073-1911

Volume

9

Issue/No.

2

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

A major criticism of the Wechsler Memory Scale-III Faces subtest is the number of items, which can be daunting and time-consuming for an impaired client or boring for a normal client. An analysis of several versions, with data from a sample of 50 clinical referrals, revealed that a 32-item subtest was best overall. Using this version, 100% (Faces I) and 94% (Faces II) of the predicted raw scores were less than 4 points away from the actual raw scores, whereas 66% (Faces I) and 70% (Faces II) were less than 2 points away. Limitations of this procedure are discussed.

DOI

10.1177/10791102009002004