Volume 5, Issue 6, November 2017, Page: 70-77
Inter-trial Reliability, Cardio and Demographic Markers of Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test Performance in Young Adult Sample from Nigeria
Valentine Afamefuna Ucheagwu, Department of Psychology, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Nigeria
Rita Nonye Ugokwe-Ossai, Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Uche Okpaleke, Department of Psychology, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Nigeria
Jesse Ugokwe, Department of Psychology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria
Received: Sep. 28, 2017;       Accepted: Oct. 23, 2017;       Published: Nov. 29, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20170506.13      View  2116      Downloads  75
Abstract
Objectives: The current study examines the inter-trial reliability as well as cardio and demographic markers of Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) performances in Nigeria young adult sample. Methods: Young adults between the ages of 22 – 40, were enrolled for the study. They included healthy controls (HC, n = 102) and psychiatric group (PG, n = 25) who completed the serial test protocols of RAVLT as well few indices of cardio status: Blood pressure (systolic/diastolic) and pulse rate. Results: Correlation analysis showed significant positive inter-trial correlations among trials 1 – 5 of RAVLT. When the immediate post interference and delayed trials were built into the analysis, positive significant relationships were also found. However no significant relationships were found on time taken to complete each trials of RAVLT except on few trials. Regression analyses showed low predictive strength of systolic and diastolic pressures and pulse rate on total performance score of RAVLT (Trials 1 – 5) as well as the delayed trial score. However the pulse rate showed strong predictor of Recall Word List (RWL) trial of RAVLT. Analysis of covariance showed significant group differences in all trials of RAVLT except the distraction trial. Equally gender differences were found on total trial, distraction trial and delayed trial respectively. Conclusion: The study was the first to examine some psychometric properties of RAVLT in Nigeria sample and highlights good inter-trial reliability and discriminant validity of the test. It further highlights the possible roles of cardio variables on episodic memory in young adults and may have implications for treatment among this group.
Keywords
RAVLT, Reliability, Episodic Memory, Psychiatry, Validity
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Valentine Afamefuna Ucheagwu, Rita Nonye Ugokwe-Ossai, Uche Okpaleke, Jesse Ugokwe, Inter-trial Reliability, Cardio and Demographic Markers of Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test Performance in Young Adult Sample from Nigeria, American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Vol. 5, No. 6, 2017, pp. 70-77. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20170506.13
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