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Mayo's Older African American Normative Studies: Confirmatory factor analysis of a core battery

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 April 2005

OTTO PEDRAZA
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical & Health Psychology and McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Foundation, Jacksonville, Florida
JOHN A. LUCAS
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Foundation, Jacksonville, Florida
GLENN E. SMITH
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota
FLOYD B. WILLIS
Affiliation:
Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Foundation, Jacksonville, Florida
NEILL R. GRAFF-RADFORD
Affiliation:
Department of Neurology, Mayo Foundation, Jacksonville, Florida
TANIS J. FERMAN
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Foundation, Jacksonville, Florida
RONALD C. PETERSEN
Affiliation:
Department of Neurology, Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota
DAWN BOWERS
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical & Health Psychology and McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
ROBERT J. IVNIK
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota

Abstract

Covariance structure analyses of a core neuropsychological test battery consisting of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale–Revised, Wechsler Memory Scale–Revised, and Auditory Verbal Learning Test have previously identified a 5-factor model in a sample of cognitively normal White volunteers from Mayo's Older Americans Normative Studies (MOANS). The present study sought to replicate this factor structure in a sample of 289 cognitively normal, community-dwelling African American elders from Mayo's Older African Americans Normative Studies (MOAANS). The original 5-factor model was tested against 2 alternative 4-factor models and a 6-factor model generated on a substantive basis. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the construct validity of this core battery in older African Americans by replicating the original 5-factor model of Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Organization, Attention/Concentration, Learning, and Retention as viable in the present sample. (JINS, 2005, 11, 184–191.)

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© 2005 The International Neuropsychological Society

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