Title

Correlation of Demographic Characteristics with Action Verbal Fluency Test in Elderly Community Residents

Translated Titles

社區老人動作口語流暢測驗與人口學特徵之相關性

DOI

10.6200/TCMJ.2005.2.7.05

Authors

葉乙靜(I-Jin Yeh);曾光佩(Guang-Pei Tseng);姚林生(Lin-Sheng Yao)

Key Words

口語流暢測驗 ; 動作口語流暢測驗 ; 台灣 ; 常模 ; verbal fluency ; action fluency ; Taiwan ; Normative data

PublicationName

北市醫學雜誌

Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

2卷7期(2005 / 07 / 01)

Page #

625 - 631

Content Language

英文

Chinese Abstract

Background and Purpose: Impairments in verbal fluency have been noted in various neurological and psychiatric disorders. Action Verbal Fluency Test (AFT) is a newly validated verbal fluency test that is used to assess semantic knowledge, retrieval ability and executive function. Recent studies suggest that AFT is sensitive to the integrity of fronto-subcortical circuit. Current study was undertaken to investigate the effects of age, education and gender on AFT performance in healthy elderly and to provide preliminary normative data in Taiwanese population. Method: One hundred and forty five community-dwelling, independently functioning individuals aged over 64 were tested on the AFT. Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) was used to screen for cognitive impairment. Subjects were asked to produce as many different things as possible that people do in one minute using their mother tongue. Results: The AFT score was significantly influenced by level of education (Pearson correlation coefficient r=0.44, p<0.001). A difference in AFT performance was noted significantly between educational years group below 9 years and that above 9 years. When AFT scores were regressed on age, gender, mother tongue and education, education emerged as the sole significant variable (β=0.39, t=4.47, p<0.001) for AFT score. Conclusion: Education attainment was significantly correlated with AFT score while age and sex did not significantly influence the performance of AFT.

English Abstract

Background and Purpose: Impairments in verbal fluency have been noted in various neurological and psychiatric disorders. Action Verbal Fluency Test (AFT) is a newly validated verbal fluency test that is used to assess semantic knowledge, retrieval ability and executive function. Recent studies suggest that AFT is sensitive to the integrity of fronto-subcortical circuit. Current study was undertaken to investigate the effects of age, education and gender on AFT performance in healthy elderly and to provide preliminary normative data in Taiwanese population. Method: One hundred and forty five community-dwelling, independently functioning individuals aged over 64 were tested on the AFT. Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) was used to screen for cognitive impairment. Subjects were asked to produce as many different things as possible that people do in one minute using their mother tongue. Results: The AFT score was significantly influenced by level of education (Pearson correlation coefficient r=0.44, p<0.001). A difference in AFT performance was noted significantly between educational years group below 9 years and that above 9 years. When AFT scores were regressed on age, gender, mother tongue and education, education emerged as the sole significant variable (β=0.39, t=4.47, p<0.001) for AFT score. Conclusion: Education attainment was significantly correlated with AFT score while age and sex did not significantly influence the performance of AFT.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 醫藥衛生綜合