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

Karen L. Siedlecki, Tatjana Rundek, Mitchell S.V. Elkind, Ralph L. Sacco, Yaakov Stern, Clinton B. Wright

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-233
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Contextual analysis
  • Ethnicity
  • Executive functioning
  • Memory
  • Psychomotor speed
  • Race
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Vascular cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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