Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 14, by M. Powell Lawton PhD, Jeanne A. Teresi EdD PhD

By M. Powell Lawton PhD, Jeanne A. Teresi EdD PhD

This quantity evaluates a number review measures in regards to older adults. The specialist participants handle issues similar to evaluate of healthiness, sensible incapacity (ADLs), psychological agility, getting older and character, melancholy, and discomfort. whereas the tools themselves are on hand from different resources, this publication discusses the suitability, strengths, and weaknesses of varied measures and gives present info at the speedily altering, cutting-edge evaluation know-how.

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This volume describes the current state of the art with respect to scale development; 10 years from now a similar volume will contain many new scales developed or old scales reevaluated using modern psychometric theory. Although the senior author first applied these methods to geriatric assessment in 1977, and first reported the results in 1981 (Teresi, Cross, Gurland, & Golden, 1981), except for a few scattered efforts the methods were not applied outside of educational testing until the mid to late 1980s.

Headaches), crying, and lack of interest, were relatively less severe indicators of depression for minority group members. In concert, these studies show some of the merits of using item response theory to evaluate depression items. One of the few published studies applying IRT analyses to cognitive screening items used with the elderly was conducted by Ashford et al. (1989), who examined Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) item difficulties (Folstein, Folstein, & McHugh, 1975), classifying items as early or late memory loss indicators.

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