A validation study of the Boston Qualitative Scoring System (BQSS) for the Rey -Osterrieth Complex Figure Test

Debbie Jo Javorsky, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

The Boston Qualitative Scoring System (BQSS) for the Rey Osterrieth Complex Figure (ROCF) provides reliable and valid measures of the qualitative features of ROCF performance, as well as several quantitative summary scores. This study examined its utility in discriminating between normal control (NC) subjects and individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); individuals with Alzheimer's dementia (AD) and ischemic vascular dementia (VD); and Human Immunodeficiency Virus seropositive (HIV+) individuals and Immunodeficiency Virus seronegative (HIV–) individuals. It also examined the convergent validity of key BQSS scores. A model including Accuracy, Placement, Expansion, Perseveration and Delayed Retention scores correctly classified 81% of TBI and 82% of NC subjects. A model including Immediate Presence Retention and Reduction scores correctly classified 75% of AD and 75% of VD subjects. A model including BQSS Configural Accuracy and Planning scores correctly classified 78% of ADHD and 72% of NC subjects. A model including BQSS Configural Presence, Cluster Placement, Planning, Neatness, Perseveration, and Immediate and Delayed Retention scores correctly classified 72% of HIV+ and 76% of HIV– subjects. The key BQSS scores of interest were correlated with other neuropsychological measures believed to assess the same or similar area of cognitive functioning. These findings provide evidence for the discriminant and convergent validity of the BQSS and support the inclusion of the ROCF in the neuropsychological evaluation of dementia, TBI, ADHD, and HIV+ patients. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Psychometrics

Recommended Citation

Debbie Jo Javorsky, "A validation study of the Boston Qualitative Scoring System (BQSS) for the Rey -Osterrieth Complex Figure Test" (1999). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI9945207.
http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI9945207

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