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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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PAULA, Jonas Jardim de et al. Screening for executive dysfunction with the frontal assessment battery: psychometric properties analysis and representative normative data for brazilian older adults. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2013, vol.7, n.1, pp.89-98. ISSN 1982-1247.

Introduction: The Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB) is a for the assessment of executive functions. We investigated its validity and reliability and proposed normative data in a representative sample of older adults. Method: 391 healthy elderly subjects and 93 Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients performed the FAB. Internal consistency, convergent correlations, ROC curve and logistic regression were used to assess its psychometric properties. Results: We found good internal consistency, significant correlations with other tests and moderate accuracy (64%) for AD diagnosis. The use of specific subtests increased diagnostic potential (75%). Normative data stratified by age and education were proposed. Conclusion: The FAB showed adequate psychometric properties. The normative values stratified by age and education can improve its clinical use for neuropsychological assessment.

Keywords : Frontal Assessment Battery; normative data; psychometric properties; Alzheimer's disease.

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