Factor structure of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test in adults with spinal cord injury

Academic Article


  • Objective: To develop a conceptual framework to guide interpretation of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (A. Rey, 1958) and similar list-learning tasks across the adult life span for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Study Design: Factor analysis with comparisons of sample-based and norm-based factor scores across age groups. Participants: 221 individuals with SCI undergoing inpatient rehabilitation. Results: The retained model consisted of 3 correlated factors: General Verbal Learning, Auditory Attention, and Inaccurate Recall. Cross-sectional age trends suggest decreased auditory attention and verbal learning with increasing age. The inverse pattern was observed for inaccurate recall. Conclusions: These factors are consistent with other models using similar methodology. The results offer a means of identifying barriers to meeting the educational and therapeutic goals of post-SCI rehabilitation. Copyright 2005 by the Educational Publishing Foundation.
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  • 20680015
  • Author List

  • BaƱos JH; Elliott TR; Schmitt M
  • Start Page

  • 375
  • End Page

  • 380
  • Volume

  • 50
  • Issue

  • 4