Is the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status Factor Structure Appropriate for Inpatient Psychiatry? An Exploratory and Higher-Order Analysis

Department of Psychology, Patton State Hospital, Patton, CA, USA.
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology (Impact Factor: 1.99). 07/2012; 27(7):756-65. DOI: 10.1093/arclin/acs062
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The present study, utilizing a sample of inpatients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (n = 167), examined the factor structure of the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS). Principal axis exploratory factor analysis, multiple factor extraction criteria, and higher-order factor analysis were used. Results were inconsistent with the five-factor structure of the RBANS purported in the test manual. Factor extraction criteria recommended extraction of one or two factors. Extraction of two factors resulted in a memory dimension and a less homogeneous visual perception and processing speed dimension. Higher-order analysis found that a second-order factor, representing general neurocognitive functioning, accounted for over three times the total and common variance than the two first-order factors combined. It was concluded that although the RBANS appears to be a useful measure of general neurocognitive functioning for inpatients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, clinical interpretation beyond a general factor (i.e., Total Scale score) should be done with caution in this population. Limitations of the present study and directions for future research are discussed.

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