Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity and Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale scores of Black and White police applicants

Joseph D. Matarazzo, Arthur N. Wiens

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Abstract

Administered the 100-item Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity (BITCH) and the full WAIS to 83 Black and White police applicants. Ss' mean age was in the early 20's, and their mean educational level was 21/2 yrs of college. Results reveal considerable overlap in the distributions of individual WAIS Full Scale IQ between the Black and White Ss, but 2 totally nonoverlapping distributions of scores on the BITCH, with no White Ss scoring above Black Ss. BITCH means were as follows: White females, 60.9; White males, 64.1; Black females, 86.7; and Black males, 83.9. The corresponding WAIS Full Scale IQ means were 117.2, 117.8, 110.2, and 101.6, respectively. Correlational analyses between the BITCH and each of the 14 WAIS measures revealed no relation between score on the BITCH and score on the WAIS. It is concluded that the lack of concurrent validity for the present form of the BITCH and its lack of adequate ceiling for Black applicants presents problems for its use in a program of police selection. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-63
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume62
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1976

Keywords

  • correlational analysis between Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity & WAIS scores, Black vs White police applications, implications for test use in police selection program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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