An Empirical Comparison of Competing Factor Structures for the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status: A Project FRONTIER Study

Nicole D. Torrence, Samantha E. John, Brandon E. Gavett, Sid E. O'Bryant

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Abstract

The original factor structure of the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) has received little empirical support, but at least eight alternative factor structures have been identified in the literature. The current study used confirmatory factor analysis to compare the original RBANS model with eight alternatives, which were adjusted to include a general factor. Participant data were obtained from Project FRONTIER, an epidemiological study of rural health, and comprised 341 adults (229 women, 112 men) with mean age of 61.2 years (SD = 12.1) and mean education of 12.4 years (SD = 3.3). A bifactor version of the model proposed by Duff and colleagues provided the best fit to the data (CFI = 0.98; root-mean-squared error of approximation = 0.07), but required further modification to produce appropriate factor loadings. The results support the inclusion of a general factor and provide partial replication of the Duff and colleagues RBANS model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Factor analysis
  • Neuropsychology
  • Statistical model
  • Validity

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