Mayo's Older Americans Normative Studies (MOANS): Factor Structure of a Core Battery

Glenn E. Smith, Robert J. Ivnik, James F. Malec, Emre Kokmen, Eric G. Tangalos, Leonard T. Kurland

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Confirmatory factor analyses were completed separately with the WAIS-R and the WMS-R. Confirmatory factor analyses were also performed on a "core battery" composed of the WAIS-R, WMS-R, and the Rey Auditory-Verbal Learning Test (AVLT) when administered together. Participants were from the Mayo Older Americans Normative Studies (MOANS), which include 526 healthy, community-dwelling people ages 55-97 years. LISREL analysis of the WAIS-R found a 3-factor model to be acceptable, supporting extension of the Verbal Comprehension (VC), Perceptual Organization (PO), and Freedom from Distractibility (FFD) model of the WAIS-R to "normal" people ages 55-97 years. A 2-factor model of the WMS-R involving attention and general memory was supported. A 5-factor model of our core battery was supported and included VC, PO, Attention, Learning, and Retention. The Retention factor included Logical Memory, Visual Reproduction, and AVLT percent retention scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-390
Number of pages9
JournalPsychological Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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