Date of Award

9-12-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

David J. LaPorte, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Laura Knight, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Anson Long, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Glen Getz, Ph.D.

Abstract

The Fuld Object Memory Evaluation (FOME) is a geriatric assessment of memory with several strengths but relatively scant data concerning its normative properties and clinical validity. This study investigated several aspects of the FOME, including its convergent and discriminant validity, the effects of extending the delay from 5-minutes to 60-minutes, and the effectiveness of its current normative information. In order to examine these factors, archival data was collected from an academic medical center to determine issues of validity and extending the delay. Data was additionally collected from healthy participants in senior centers to investigate the effects of extending the delay and effectiveness of current normative information. Data was analyzed using series of multiple regressions and Person's correlations. A number of exploratory analyses were also performed to further investigate aspects of the FOME in the data collected. At the conclusion of the data analysis, results demonstrated convergent validity between the FOME and other commonly used measures of immediate memory. Specifically, scores for Anna Thompson I (r=.455, p

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