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1st Edition

The Wechsler Memory Scale
A Guide for Clinicians and Researchers

ISBN 9780367461652
Published April 20, 2020 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

The Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS) is one of the most popular memory scales in the United States and much of the English-speaking world. This is the first book to systematically trace the evolution of the instrument in terms of its content and structure, whilst providing a guide to clinical interpretation and discussing its many research uses.

The Wechsler Memory Scale: A Guide for Clinicians and Researchers provides a comprehensive review and synthesis of the literature on all the major editions and revisions of the WMS, including the Wechsler Memory Scale-I, Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised, Wechsler Memory Scale-III, and the Wechsler Memory Scale-IV. It discusses major factor analytic studies of each version of the test, clinical interpretation of each version including studies on malingering, uses of each version with special populations, and makes suggestions for the next revision (i.e, the WMS-V).

This book is designed to be a go-to source for all graduate students, clinicians and researchers who use the Wechsler Memory Scale, as well as to institutions offering formal training in adult clinical and neuropsychological assessment.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Methodology

Chapter 2: A history of the origins and evolution of Wechsler’s memory scales

Chapter 3: The evolution of the core subtests

Chapter 4: Selected factor analytic studies of the Wechsler Memory Scales: Recurrent themes

Chapter 5: Clinical and research uses of the Wechsler Memory Scales

Chapter 6: Clinical interpretation of the Wechsler Memory Scales

Chapter 7: Afterword: Glancing back and looking ahead to the Wechsler Memory Scale-V


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Phillip L. Kent, PsyD, spent over 40 years practicing in the field of psychology. He has worked in schools, public state psychiatric hospitals, mental health centres, nursing homes, and private practice. He holds five graduate degrees in general experimental psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, and gerontological studies, and is a diplomate with the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology with added qualifications in geriatric neuropsychology.


"Kent provides a careful and comprehensive history of the development of the Wechsler Memory Scale. The clinical sections regarding memory difficulties associated with various forms of neuropsychopathology and the discussion of the clinical interpretation of the scale are unique and very valuable. There is a real need for this book." - Arthur MacNeill Horton Jr, Chief, Neuropsychology Section, Psych Associates of Maryland, Towson, Maryland, USA.