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, 33 (9), 999-1014; discussion 1015-20

Evidence-based Assessment of Cognitive Functioning in Pediatric Psychology

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Evidence-based Assessment of Cognitive Functioning in Pediatric Psychology

Jonathan M Campbell et al. J Pediatr Psychol.

Abstract

Objective: To review the evidence base for measures of cognitive functioning frequently used within the field of pediatric psychology.

Methods: From a list of 47 measures identified by the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54) Evidence-Based Assessment Task Force Workgroup, 27 measures were included in the review. Measures were organized, reviewed, and evaluated according to general domains of functioning (e.g., attention/executive functioning, memory).

Results: Twenty-two of 27 measures reviewed demonstrated psychometric properties that met "Well-established" criteria as set forth by the Assessment Task Force. Psychometric properties were strongest for measures of general cognitive ability and weakest for measures of visual-motor functioning and attention.

Conclusions: We report use of "Well-established" measures of overall cognitive functioning, nonverbal intelligence, academic achievement, language, and memory and learning. For several specific tests in the domains of visual-motor functioning and attention, additional psychometric data are needed for measures to meet criteria as "Well established."

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