Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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The purpose of this study was to re-evaluate the psychometric properties of the Memory for Names (Mem4Names) test among a sample of older adults without cognitive impairment. Mem4Names is a test of famous face recognition that was shown to be a reliable and valid measure of semantic memory in older adults both with and without cognitive impairment (Brouillette et al., 2011). The current study re-examined the psychometric properties of the Mem4Names test among 133 volunteers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention. The study confirmed previously reported calculations of the test’s reliability by calculating Cronbach’s alpha and Guttman’s split-half coefficient. Convergent validity for the Mem4Names test was established through its correlation with a theoretically similar measure of memory, the Wechsler Memory Scale Logical Memory Delayed subtest. Confirmatory factor analysis identified a one-factor solution for the Mem4Names test. The results concluded that the Mem4Names test is a reliable and valid measure of semantic memory for cognitively intact older adults.



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Wilks, Scott

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