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Avaliação Psicológica

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SEABRA, Alessandra Gotuzo  and  DIAS, Natália Martins. ATTENTIONAL SKILLS: VALIDITY STUDY OF INSTRUMENTS IN STUDENTS OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (5TH TO 8TH GRADES). Aval. psicol. [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.2, pp. 187-198. ISSN 1677-0471.

The study aimed to investigate validity evidences of instruments for attention assessment. Two hundred fifty five students participated, from 5th to 8th grades of a elementary public school of the interior of SP, ages between 10 and 17 years. They were evaluated in the instruments Cancel Attention Test (CAT) and Trail Making Test - part B (TMT-B). Anova revealed grade effect over scores. CAT-total score increased in the 8th regarding the 5th grade, and the third part of the test was that better discriminated between the grades. The TMT-B score discriminated the 5th and 6th grades regarding the 8th grade. Pearson correlation analyses between the tests showed diverse significant correlations, showing that the instruments evaluate distinct, but related constructs. This study complemented previous and supplies validity evidences of two neuropsychological tests for attention assessment in students of the 5th to the 8th grades of elementary school.

Keywords : Neuropsychological assessment; Validity; Attention.

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