Is the Rey 15-item memory test II (Rey II) a valid symptom validity test? Comparison with the TOMM

Kriscinda A. Whitney, Julie N. Hook, Amy R. Steiner, Polly H. Shepard, Stephanie Callaway

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Abstract

The Rey 15-Item Memory Test II (Rey II) is a revised version of the original Rey Memory Test and is used as a measure of test-taking effort. In the present study, the concurrent validity of the Rey II was examined by comparing Rey II test scores to a well-established measure of symptom validity, the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM). Retrospective chart review was conducted using the records of 60 veterans who were referred for outpatient neuropsychological testing and suspected of possible symptom exaggeration. Results of the study suggest that when compared to the TOMM, the Qualitative, as opposed to the Quantitative, scoring method of the Rey II was more discriminative, but showed both positive and negative predictive power that was unacceptably low, falling at.62 and.64, respectively. Clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Neuropsychology
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008

Keywords

  • Malingering
  • Memory
  • Military veterans
  • Neuropsychology
  • Test validity
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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