Cognitive skills, rural and urban context: Comparison of WAIS-IV profiles in youth

Pablo Fuica, Juan Lira, Katia Alvarado, Camila Araneda, Gonzalo Lillo, Rocío Miranda, Marcela Tenorio, Claudia Paz Pérez-Salas

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The recent standardization of Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) in its fourth version in Chile forces to test the impact that cultural and environmental conditions can have on people’s intellectual performance. The present study compared the performance of young people from rural and urban areas of the Biobío region, segmented by parental education level as proxy variable to socioeconomic status.Results showed an interaction effect between socioeconomic status and place of residence. Verbal Comprehension and Working Memory are the constructs that received a higher impact of the socioeconomic status. Future studies are expected to contribute to research on cognitive abilities in rural and socially deprived sectors in Chile.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)143-152
Number of pages10
JournalTerapia Psicologica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive ability
  • Rural environment
  • Social deprivation
  • Wechsler adult intelligence scale

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