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Using contextual analyses to examine the meaning of neuropsychological variables across samples of english-speaking and spanish-speaking older adults.

Authors
  • Siedlecki, Karen L
  • Rundek, Tatjana
  • Elkind, Mitchell S V
  • Sacco, Ralph L
  • Stern, Yaakov
  • Wright, Clinton B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2012
Volume
18
Issue
2
Pages
223–233
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S135561771100155X
PMID: 22182463
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The meanings of several target neuropsychological variables, including measures of executive functioning, were examined using contextual analysis across a sample of English-speakers and a sample of Spanish-speakers. Results of the contextual analysis, which examined the contributions of the latent constructs of memory, psychomotor speed, visual spatial ability, and knowledge and comprehension, to the target neuropsychological variables indicate that each of the target variables likely reflects the unique contribution of several reference abilities. These findings provide evidence that the neuropsychological variables are multi-dimensional. The patterns of relations were similar across the samples of English and Spanish speakers.

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