Date of Award


Document Type

Field Project

Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)



First Advisor

Norman H. Hamm

Second Advisor

J.W. Hill

Third Advisor

Deena Liddy


The three factor scores that Kaufman (1975) measured on the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised (Freedom from Distractibility, Perceptual Organization, and Verbal Comprehension) were compared among students referred and/or placed in special education. Three diagnostic groups were compared: behavioral disordered (BD) , learning disabled (LD) and students who were referred but not placed in special education. Results indicated a significant factor structure difference on the WISC-R for the BD and LD diagnostic groups, but not for the referred but not placed students. However, only the LD group manifested a significantly lower distractibility factor score when compared to the referred but not placed group. Hence, they appear to be more distractible than the BD group— a finding opposite of that expected. An imbalance among the factors measured on the WISC-R appears to be a significant factor to consider in the diagnosis of a handicapping condition.

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