Cognitive test performance and indigenous conceptions of intelligence

Robert E. Klein*, Howard E. Freeman, Bonnie Spring, Sara B. Nerlove, Charles Yarbrough

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The relationship between psychological test performance and adult judgments of children’s intelligence was explored in Guatemala and the U. S. A. In Guatemala, 15 male and 15 female children, age eight, were studied in each of two rural villages. In one village, 48 adult community members ranked the children on intelligence; in the other, 29 adults did the rankings. Male and female children were ranked separately. In the U. S., nine male children in a small New Jersey town were ranked by 25 adults. In a second U. S. community. a small California town, eight male children were ranked by 14 adults. In general, adult judgments were found to be congruent with children’s test performance. In Guatemala, a simple family socioeconomic index was also related to both adult judgment and children’s test performance. The implications of the results and the utility of these types of judgment techniques in cross-cultural research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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