Level of Performance and Distribution of Errors in the Progressive Matrices Test: A Comparison of Ethiopian Immigrant and Native Israeli Adolescents

Shlomo Kaniel, Shraga Fisherman

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Abstract

The performance of 250 Ethiopian Jews, ages 14–15, on the Progressive Matrices Standard (PMS) test, was compared to that of 1740 Israeli Jews, ages 9–15. The results showed that the Ethiopians' level of performance was similar to that of the young Israeli children's group (ages 9–10). Moreover, the distribution of errors found for the Ethiopian immigrant adolescents was not similar to that found for Israelis of the same age –‐ it resembled the distribution of errors found for Israeli 9‐ and 10‐year‐olds. It is suggested that the low performance of the Ethiopian immigrants reflects cognitive delay rather than cognitive difference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
We are grateful to Mr D R Millar, consultant obstetrician; Mrs Bullas and the staff of the medical records department at the Jessop Hospital for Women who preserved the records and allowed us to use them; and to the staff at NHS central registry and OPCS who traced the men. The study was supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.

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