Neuropsychological assessment of mental capacity

Sullivan, Karen A. (2004) Neuropsychological assessment of mental capacity. Neuropsychology Review, 14(3), pp. 131-142.

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The assessment of mental capacity to assist legal determinations of competency is potentially a growth area for neuropsychology, although to date neuropsychologists have published relatively little in this area. In this paper a systematic review of methods used to assess capacity is presented, including coverage of specialised tests and interviews used for this purpose. A neuropsychological model for conducting capacity assessments is proposed. This model involves comprehensive assessment of a wide range of cognitive abilities as well as assessment of specific skills and knowledge related to the type of capacity being assessed. The purpose of proposing this model is to stimulate further discussion and debate about the contribution neuropsychologists might make in this area.

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ID Code: 582
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mental capacity, decision, making, powers of attorney, competency, neuropsychological assessment, Sullivan
DOI: 10.1023/B:NERV.0000048180.86543.39
ISSN: 1573-6660
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Personality Abilities and Assessment (170109)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:04

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