Examining the "Norms" of Intelligence Test Usage in Trinidad

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,10
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. critically examine and engage in discussion about the cross-cultural use of intelligence tests.
  2. consider the practical and ethical implications of using the U.S.-normed WISC-IV with a Trinidad sample.
  3. gain more knowledge about assessment processes and practice with Caribbean populations.


Few empirical studies have examined the validity of using U.S.-normed intelligence tests with Caribbean samples. The current study utilized confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to examine the factor structure of Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, fourth edition with clinical archival data from a sample derived in Trinidad (N = 261). CFA results and trends in the subtest and composite mean scores are presented. Implications for practice, study limitations, and areas for future research are considered.



Cherisse R. Rambarose, Lewisville ISD
W. G. Willis, University of Rhode Island


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