Predicting closed head injury using a standardized measure of sensory-motor functioning

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dc.contributor.advisor Dean, Raymond S. en_US Hall, John J. en_US 2011-06-03T19:26:19Z 2011-06-03T19:26:19Z 2007 en_US 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2007 .H355 en_US
dc.description.abstract The main purpose of the present study was to identify sensory-motor deficits caused by closed head injury (CHI) when individuals with CHI are compared to a normal sample. The study also investigated lower-level sensory-motor functioning, such as gait, balance, and coordination and its relation to neurological impairment related to CHI. Additionally, the study determined if age significantly influenced sensory-motor functioning.Archival data was utilized to complete the study. Data was collected from a large, Midwestern neurology clinic (CHI) as well as from a normative sample of individuals with no reported history of neurological impairment. Preliminary analyses were completed to identify outliers. Samples were then randomly selected from the impaired group (CHI) and matched with randomly selected subjects from the normative sample based upon age.Three separate analyses were completed. The first analysis focused on age and if age significantly influences sensory motor functioning. The second analysis was completed using an adult's only sample based upon the results that age significantly influenced sensory-motor performance. Finally, the third analysis utilized all age groups to determine how dramatically age had an impact on distinguishing between individuals with CHI versus a normative sample.Results demonstrated that age had a significant influence on sensory-motor performance. Measures of subcortical and cortical motor function, motor speed, motor coordination and tactile examination were able to accurately classify individuals with head injury from a normative sample to a clinically significant degree (78%). The study argues that the D-WSMB is a reliable and valid measure to utilize when evaluating individuals with CHI. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Psychology
dc.format.extent 95 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Brain -- Wounds and injuries -- Patients -- Testing. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Neuropsychological tests. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sensorimotor integration -- Testing. en_US
dc.title Predicting closed head injury using a standardized measure of sensory-motor functioning en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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