College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Approaches to Memory Assessment in the Chronic Psychiatric Elderly

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1995

Publication Title

Applied Neuropsychology

ISSN

0908-4282

Volume

2

Issue/No.

3-4

Abstract

Approaches to memory assessment generally fall into two categories: a) Evaluation of the integrity of specific cognitive processes, and b) Quantitative measurement of performance levels on global dimensions of behavior. The California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT) is an exemplar of both the process and global approaches, while the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised (WMS-R) represents the global approach. Despite the popularity of both instruments little extant research, examining their convergent/divergent properties or their compatibility, exists. In the present study we replicated, on a mixed sample of normal and psychiatric elderly, a previous study's pattern of CVLT/WMS-R convergent and divergent findings. In addition, we found that both instruments are similar in their discrimination between normal and psychiatric elderly subjects.

DOI

10.1080/09084282.1995.9645352

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