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The Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test: evidence of psychometric adequacy

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Author(s): ELLEN GROBER | KATJA OCEPEK-WELIKSON | JEANNE A. TERESI

Journal: Psychology Science Quarterly
ISSN 1866-6140

Volume: 51;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 266;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test | item response theory | factor analyses | early dementia

ABSTRACT
These analyses examine the psychometric properties of the Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test with Immediate Recall (FCSRT-IR). FCSRT-IR is a measure of memory under conditions that control attention and cognitive processing in order to obtain an assessment of memory unconfounded by normal agerelated changes in cognition. FCSRT-IR performance has been associated with preclinical and early dementia in several longitudinal epidemiological studies. Factor and item response theory analyses were applied to FCSRT-IR data from patients at a geriatric primary care center who had independently established clinical diagnoses. The results provide supporting evidence for the psychometric adequacy of the FCSR-IR in terms of reliability, essential (sufficient) unidimensionality, information across the continuum of memory disability/ability, and classification accuracy. The psychometric adequacy of the FCSRT-IR adds further validity to its use as a case finding strategy for dementia.
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