Journal of
Neuroscience and Behavioral Health

  • Abbreviation: J. Neurosci. Behav. Health
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2286
  • DOI: 10.5897/JNBH
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 66

Full Length Research Paper

Brief aphasia evaluation (minimum verbal performance): Psychometric data in healthy participants from Argentina

Vigliecca Nora Silvana1*, Peñalva Marisa Carola2, Castillo Jorge Antonio2, Molina Silvia Cristina2, Voos Javier Alfredo3, Ortiz Maria Marta4 and Ribichich Marialicia5
1Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la Argentina (CONICET); - Argentina. Servicio de Neurocirugía del Hospital Córdoba; Centro de Investigaciones de la Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades-  (CIFFyH). Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. 2Centro de Investigaciones de la Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades (CIFFyH). Universidad-Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. 3Grupo de Ingeniería Clínica de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN) Regional Córdoba, Argentina. 4Colegio de Fonoaudiólogos. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 5Consultorio Psicopedagógico Privado. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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  •  Accepted: 22 January 2011
  •  Published: 28 February 2011


Aphasia test psychometric studies are necessary, especially for brief instruments in Spanish. A test was designed to quickly detect the basic resources of verbal communication in aphasic patients. In a sample of healthy Spanish-speakers, it was studied: (a) their test performance according to demographic variables; (b) the inter-item-internal consistency; (c) the subtest-factor structure; (d) the test-retest reliability during an extended inter-test interval of 7 to 14 months; (e) the inter-rater reliability. Data were collected from 151 participants living in Cordoba or Buenos Aires, aged 6 to 80, 56% females, with an average 8-year education. Subsamples of 34 and 26 participants were evaluated for test-retest and inter-rater reliability studies. The total score was only affected by age. Age and education had a significant effect on the time required to perform the test. Satisfactory reliability coefficients were observed. An exploratory and unrestricted factor analysis indicated that 68% of the variance was explained by three factors. A one factor solution was also suitable. The test-score proved to be reliable, representative of a verbal homogeneous construct and sensitive to the effect of age. The administration of this test of free-distribution (with 72 items) required on average, between 11 and 17 min.


Key words: Aphasia screening test, minimum verbal performance, reliability, validity, norms, comparative city studies, age, education, gender, free-distribution tests.