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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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WECHSLER, Solange Muglia; VENDRAMINI, Claudette Maria Medeiros  and  SCHELINI, Patrícia Waltz. Brazilian adaptation of the verbal tests from the Woodcock-Johnson III battery. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.3, pp.285-294. ISSN 0034-9690.

Considering the important contribution the Woodcock-Johnson III Battery has to assess cognitive abilities, this study aimed to adapt its verbal tests (Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms and Verbal Analogies) to the Brazilian culture. The participants were 448 children and youth (232 girls, 216 boys), ages ranging from 7 through 18, who were enrolled in schools located in 4 cities in Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The Brazilian version was composed by items from the WJ-III, its previous Spanish version (Bateria-R) and school books. The reliability and validity of these items were analyzed using the Kuder_Richardson coefficient and the Item Response Theory. Results indicated that each verbal subtest had one main factor, explaining more than 40% of variance. Reliability coefficients obtained were above 0.89. In conclusion, the importance of adding new items to the verbal tests was verified indicating the need to adapt the WJ-III for use in Brazil.

Keywords : Woodcok-Johnson III; Intelligence; Validation; Adaptation; Verbal tests; Woodock-Johnson III.

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