Abstract

WAIS-R Verbal-Performance IQ difference scores for Ward's (1990) seven subtest short form and the complete WAIS-R were examined in patients with lateralized and diffuse lesions. For both versions, the expected Performance > Verbal pattern was observed in the right hemisphere lesion group, while no summary score differences were seen in the left hemisphere group. Verbal-Performance IQ discrepancies for the short form fell within ± 5 points of the WAIS-R discrepancy scores in about 75%of the cases, regardless of lesion location. Statistically reliable IQ differences between the complete and abbreviated WAIS-R attained 66%, 91%, and 89% agreement for the left, right, and diffuse groups, respectively. The results support the clinical utility of the seven subtest short form.