Neuropsychological test performance: A study of non-hispanic white elderly

Pegah Touradji, Jennifer J. Manly, Diane M. Jacobs, Yaakov Stern

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Abstract

This study examined within-group differences in neuropsychological test performance between US versus foreign-born English-speaking White elders. Participants included 193 randomly selected English-speaking elderly community residents who self-identified as non-Hispanic White. Participants were classified as US (n = 106) or foreign-born (n = 87). All participants were independently diagnosed by a physician as nondemented. After controlling for years of education, participants born in the United States obtained significantly higher scores on measures of verbal abstract reasoning, naming, and fluency than foreign-born elders. These results suggest that although non-Hispanics White are often treated as a homogeneous group, performance differences exist even within this group. Effects of acculturation level and language use on cognitive styles may help explain these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-649
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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