Development and Validation of the Neuropsychology Behavior and Affect Profile

Linda D. Nelson, Paul Satz, Maura Mitrushina, Wilfred Van Gorp, Domenic Cicchetti, Richard Lewis, Diana Van Lancker

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This series of 4 studies describes the psychometric properties of the Neuropsychology Behavior and Affect Profile, which consists of 5 peer-rated scales (106 items) designed to measure personality change in brain-impaired individuals. Study I pertains to item derivation. Study 2 used relatives of 61 Ss identified as demented to determine the test's internal consistency. Results showed moderate levels of internal consistency across the 5 scales, with slightly higher coefficients (.68-.82) obtained for present (vs. premorbid) emotional status. High test-retest reliability was demonstrated in Study 3 (intraclass correlation coefficients ranged from .92 to .99). Study 4 established discriminant validity; the instrument differentiated 61 demented Ss from 88 normal elderly controls on the basis of present behavioral affective style.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-272
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Assessment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Nelson, L. D., Satz, P., Mitrushina, M., Van Gorp, W., Cicchetti, D., Lewis, R., & Van Lancker, D. (1989). Development and Validation of the Neuropsychology Behavior and Affect Profile. Psychological Assessment, 1(4), 266-272.