Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Rourke, Byron P.,

Keywords

Psychology, Psychometrics.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The present work examined the clinical utility, and construct dimensions of the Children's Word Finding Test (Revised; CWFT-R) within a developmental framework. Participants consisted of 361 diagnostically heterogeneous children between the ages 6 through 8 years inclusive who were assessed on a comprehensive neuropsychological battery of tests in the Windsor-Detroit region. CWFT-R performance of the 7- and 8-year-old clinic-referred children was compared to a 7- and 8-year-old sample of normal children, who had been utilized in previous research. Using partial correlations to control for age effects, the data of the 361 clinic-referred children were subjected to Principal Components Analysis, which generated a 3-factor solution accounting for 55% of the total variance. Correlations between the CWFT-R and measures of verbal ability, phonological processing, nonverbal problem-solving and visual-spatial skills were examined. Results were discussed in terms of the influence of developmental maturation on cognitive abilities, and the observed differential relationship between various neuropsychological ability domains. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0791. Adviser: Byron P. Rourke. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.

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