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Cognitive profile analysis in school psychology: History, issues, and continued concerns.

A new interesting article has been published in J Sch Psychol. 2018 Dec;71:108-121. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2018.10.007. Epub 2018 Nov 16. Review and titled:

Cognitive profile analysis in school psychology: History, issues, and continued concerns.

Authors of this article are:

McGill RJ, Dombrowski SC, Canivez GL.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Intelligence testing remains a fixture in school psychology training and practice. Despite their popularity, the use of IQ tests is not without controversy and researchers have long debated how these measures should be interpreted with children and adolescents. A controversial aspect of this debate relates to the utility of cognitive profile analysis, a class of interpretive methods that encourage practitioners to make diagnostic decisions and/or treatment recommendations based on the strengths and weaknesses observed in ability score profiles. Whereas numerous empirical studies and reviews have challenged long-standing assumptions about the utility of these methods, much of this literature is nearly two decades old and new profile analysis methods (e.g., XBA, PSW) have been proffered. To help update the field’s understanding of these issues, the present review traces the historical development of cognitive profile analysis and (re)introduces readers to a body of research evidence suggesting new and continued concerns with the use of these methods in school psychology practice. It is believed that this review will serve as a useful resource to practitioners and trainers for understanding and promoting a countering view on these matters.

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Cognitive profile analysis;Evidence-based assessment;Intelligence testing


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