Alternate forms of prose passages for the assessment of auditory-verbal memory

Sullivan, Karen A. (2005) Alternate forms of prose passages for the assessment of auditory-verbal memory. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 20(6), pp. 745-753.

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Logical Memory (LM) is the most frequently administered subtest from the Wechsler Memory Scale; however the lack of alternate equivalent forms for this subtest may limit its clinical utility. Six new paragraphs modelled on LM stories were developed. Stories were matched on attributes such as number of words and readability. Passage attributes for the six stories were compared with those of standard LM stories (WMS-R and WMS-III versions) to examine story equivalence. The psychometric properties of new passages were also calculated to assess task difficulty and interrater reliability. Results from these analyses suggest a high degree of overlap between the attributes of the new stories and some interesting discrepancies between passage attributes of WMS-R and WMS-III LM stories. In addition, interrater reliability of new passages was found to be excellent (at least .97), and when combined into three sets of passage-pairs, these pairs were found have equivalent difficulty. To reduce the potential for practice effects by use of alternate forms, these new logical memory-style passages may be particularly useful for repeat assessment of auditory-verbal memory. Note: For access to the prose passages referred to in this paper, please contact the author

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ID Code: 1115
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Wechsler Memory Scale, free recall, test forms, verbal memory, psychological assessment
DOI: 10.1016/j.acn.2005.04.006
ISSN: 0887-6177
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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