The non-credible score of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test: Is it better at predicting non-credible neuropsychological test performance than the RAVLT recognition score?

Kriscinda A. Whitney, Jeremy J. Davis

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Abstract

The ability of both the non-credible score of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT NC) and the recognition score of the RAVLT (RAVLTRecog)topredictcredible versusnon-credible neuropsychological test performance was examined.Credibleversus non-credible group membership was determined according to diagnostic criteria with consideration of performance on two stand-alone performance validity tests. Findings from this retrospective data analysis of outpatients seen for neuropsychological testing within a Veterans Affairs Medical Center (N = 175) showed that RAVLT Recog demonstrated better classification accuracy than RAVLTNC in predicting credible versus non-credible neuropsychological test performance. Specifically, an RAVLT Recog cutoff of =9 resulted in reasonable sensitivity (48%) and acceptable specificity (91%) in predicting non-credible neuropsychological test performance. Implications for clinical practice are discussed. Note: The views contained here within are those of the authors and not representative of the institutions with which they are associated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-138
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Malingering
  • Memory
  • Military veterans
  • Neuropsychology
  • Test validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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