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Do Higher Levels of Education Really Eliminate Cultural Bias on the Mini-Mental
State Examination?

Qualls, Constance Dean and Rosenfeld, Julie I.
Do Higher Levels of Education Really Eliminate Cultural Bias on the Mini-Mental
State Examination?.
In Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2004 : 34th : Park City, UT : May 2004) / : (2004).

Abstract

The Mini- Mental State Examination (MMSE; Folstein et al., 1975) is a widely used
screening instrument that assesses cognitive and mental functioning. Research to date
shows mixed findings regarding the influences of age, race-ethnicity, and education on
MMSE performance. The present study examined further racial-ethnic and education
effects on MMSE performance in 44 African Americans and 41 whites. The groups
performed comparably on the MMSE. Persons with higher levels of education performed
significantly better than those with lower levels of education. Analysis of the individual
test items revealed that, with education controlled, attention and calculation, recall, and
language showed racial-ethnic effects.

EPrint Type:Clinical Aphasiology Abstract
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:1634
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2004 : 34th : Park City, UT : May 2004)
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