Date of Award

2003

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Shore, Douglas,

Keywords

Psychology, Clinical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to compare the memory performance of depressed TBI subjects and non-depressed TBI subjects. The hypothesis was that differences between the groups would emerge on the recall and/or recognition components of the California Verbal Learning Test-II (CVLT-II) and the Rey Complex Figure Test (RCFT), after covarying a composite score reflecting neuropsychological impairment. The neuropsychological test results of 76 subjects who had sustained mild to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) were obtained retrospectively. The subjects were classified as depressed or non-depressed on the basis of depression scores on the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). The findings were interpreted to indicate deficient encoding in the depressed subjects, related to the failure to benefit from the semantic organization of the CVLT-II list. The utility of the derived neuropsychological composite score and the relationship of the PAI total depression score to depression subscale scores were also discussed. Finally, limitations of the current study and future directions were reviewed. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .K45. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-01, page: 0336. Adviser: Douglas Shore. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.

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