Stability of Executive Functioning Measures in 8–17-Year-Old Children With Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

Piovesana, Adina M., Ross, Stephanie, Whittingham, Koa, Ware, Robert S. and Boyd, Roslyn N. (2015) Stability of Executive Functioning Measures in 8–17-Year-Old Children With Unilateral Cerebral Palsy. Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29 1: 133-149. doi:10.1080/13854046.2014.999125


Author Piovesana, Adina M.
Ross, Stephanie
Whittingham, Koa
Ware, Robert S.
Boyd, Roslyn N.
Title Stability of Executive Functioning Measures in 8–17-Year-Old Children With Unilateral Cerebral Palsy
Journal name Clinical Neuropsychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1385-4046
1744-4144
Publication date 2015-01-16
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13854046.2014.999125
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 133
End page 149
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The study investigated the stability of executive functioning (EF) measures in children and adolescents aged 8–17 years with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP). Here 44 participants with unilateral CP (mean age = 11 years, 11 months; Manual Abilities Classification Scale Level I = 6 and Level II = 37; Gross Motor Function Classification Scale Level I = 22 and Level II = 22) were randomized into the wait-list control group of a large randomized controlled trial. Participants had baseline testing with Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth Edition Short Form (WISC-IV-SF) and Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS) subtests. Parents completed the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning (BRIEF). Participants were re-assessed 20 ±2 weeks later with a shortened test battery including the D-KEFS subtests; Digit Span, Coding and Symbol Search (WISC-IV); and BRIEF. Pearson’s test–retest reliabilities and Reliable change scores were calculated. Results indicated excellent to fair test–retest reliabilities (r = 0.91–0.74) for all measures except Digit Span Backwards (r = 0.62), Inhibition (r = 0.69), and Initiate (r = 0.68). Reliable change scores applying 90% confidence intervals for estimating reliable change while accounting for practice effects were provided for all measures. The data support the stability of EF measures in this population.
Keyword Adolescents.
Cerebral palsy
Children
Executive functioning
Test retest reliability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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