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The Swedish National Adult Reading Test (NART-SWE): a test of premorbid IQ.

Journal article
Authors Sindre Rolstad
Arto Nordlund
Marie Gustavsson
Carl Eckerström
Ola Klang
Stefan Hansen
Anders Wallin
Published in Scandinavian journal of psychology
Volume 49
Issue 6
Pages 577-82
ISSN 0036-5564
Publication year 2008
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry
Department of Psychology
Pages 577-82
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9450.2008...
Subject categories Psychiatry, Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to construct a Swedish version of the National Adult Reading Test (NART-SWE), a test for assessment of premorbid IQ, and to investigate its validity and reliability on healthy controls and patients with mild Alzheimer's disease. As Swedish pronunciation rules are fixed, NART-SWE was constructed using loan words. NART-SWE has satisfactory psychometric properties: Inter-rater and retest reliability as well as internal consistency are very high. The NART-SWE demonstrates face validity. In addition, high correlation with IQ was obtained. A significant model emerged when using NART-SWE to predict IQ. Furthermore, no significant differences were observed when comparing performance for healthy controls' with that of patients with Alzheimer's disease on NART-SWE. It does appear that reading of irregular words is intact in mild Alzheimer's disease.

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