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Predictors of performance on the MMSE and the DRS-2 among American Indian elders

TitlePredictors of performance on the MMSE and the DRS-2 among American Indian elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsJervis, LL, Fickenscher, A, Beals, J, Cullum, CM, Novins, DK, Manson, SM, Arciniegas, DB
JournalJ Neuropsychiatry Clin NeurosciJ Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci
Volume22
Pagination417-25
Date PublishedFall
ISBN Number1545-7222 (Electronic)<br/>0895-0172 (Linking)
Accession Number21037127
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and Over, Cognition Disorders/ diagnosis/etiology, Dementia/complications/ diagnosis/ethnology, Economics, Ethnic Groups, Female, Geriatric Assessment, Humans, Indians, North American/psychology, Language Disorders/diagnosis/etiology, Male, Mental Status Schedule, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Predictive Value of Tests, Regression Analysis
AbstractLittle is known about factors that predict older American Indians' performance on cognitive tests. This study examined 137 American Indian elders' performance on the MMSE and the Dementia Rating Scale-Second Edition (DRS-2). Multivariate regression identified younger age, more education, not receiving Supplemental Security Income, and frequent receipt of needed health care as predictors of better performance on the MMSE. Better performance on the DRS-2 was predicted by more education, boarding school attendance, not receiving Supplemental Security Income, and frequent receipt of needed health care. This study points to the importance of economic and educational factors on cognitive test performance among American Indian elders.
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