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CIU LECTURER’S COLLECTIVE ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN NEW SYMPOSIUM JOURNAL

The lecturer of Cyprus International University (CIU) Faculty of Arts and Sciences Psychology Department Eliz Volkan with Emel Erdoğan Bakar, Yasemen Işık, Sirel Karakaş’s collective article was published in New Symposium Journal that is one of the special journals in its field in Turkey.

The collective article of Eliz Volkan, Emel Erdoğan Bakar, Yasemen Işık, Sirel Karakaş titled as “the Application of Bannatyne and Kaufman’s Classifications for WISC-TR to Turkish Child Samples” was published in the 54th issue of New Symposium Journal that is one of the important journals in Psychiatry Sector.

Eliz Volkan said the International Refereed New Symposium Journal that is an official media organ of Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine Psychiatry Clinic has gained great prestige with publications published since 1962 in Turkey and International arena and she mentioned that the article was about the application of the method on Turkish children.

“There is no psychometric study to justify this common usage”

Volkan emphasized that the application of Bannatyne’s categories and Kaufman’s factors for WISC-TR to Turkish Child Samples under the research approach minimizing disturbing factors was the main aim to be put forward. Volkan indicated that the intelligence can be measured with WISC-TR in applied studies in Turkey and in many applied studies. Eliz Volkan said that WISC-TR has been used in application areas to make important decisions for scientific studies for over 15 years but there was no psychometric study to justify this common usage.

Lecturer Volkan indicated that the psychometric features after standardization of WISC-TR tests that has been accepted in the world as the golden standard for the intelligence and its measure and also the validity of Bannatyne categories or Kaufman factors were not encountered in any studies in Turkish society. Volkan mentioned the test results they dealt with on the application of Bannatyne’s categories and Kaufman’s factors to Turkish Children under the research approach minimizing disturbing factors. Eliz Volkan stated that they accepted Bannatyne categories especially the pattern of spatial, conceptual, sequencing in clinic applications related with SLD; and Kaufman’s Freedom from Distractibility factors related with ADHD as criterion. In the study, WISC-TR form applied to 191 ADHD boys and 21 SLD boys with the control group of 117 boys.

Stating that it is seen that Turkish child samples cannot be modelled as Wechsler, Kaufmen or Bannatyne classifications, Faculty of Arts and Literature Psychology Department Instructor Eliz Volkan said it can be seen as a factor that conducting the study  on men and  the decrease in the number of SLD group in terms of the results of the study. While underlining that the factors and categories  in the models of Kaufman,Bannatyne and Wechsler cannot be true for Turkish child samples, Volkan stated that “This result is supported with the disorganized nature of the scores that have to take place under the Freedom from Distractibility (Kaufman) and Sequencing (Bannatyne) related with ADHD which is an attention deficit disorder.”

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