Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological status (RBANS) and depressive complaints in older adults

Julie N. Hook, Dong Y. Han, Clifford A. Smith

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Abstract

The Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) is a commonly administered test used to identify cognitive impairment in geriatric patients. To date, no published studies have examined the relationship between depressive symptoms and performance on the RBANS in older adults. Using a clinical sample of 45 older adults, we found a significant negative correlation between depression scores (measured by Geriatric Depression Scale-15) and RBANS Immediate Memory Index. Further examination showed that the List Learning subtest was associated with depression, but Story Memory was not. All other RBANS indices and related subtests were not associated with depression scores. Clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Depression
  • Geriatric
  • Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)

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