Journal Article

Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance of the Coimbra Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (BANC)

Octávio Moura, Cristina P Albuquerque, Maria Salomé Pinho, Manuela Vilar, Ana Filipa Lopes, Isabel Alberto, Marcelino Pereira, Maria João Seabra Santos and Mário R Simões

in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Published on behalf of National Academy of Neuropsychology

Volume 33, issue 1, pages 66-78
Published in print February 2018 | ISSN: 0887-6177
Published online May 2017 | e-ISSN: 1873-5843 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acx052
Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance of the Coimbra Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (BANC)

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Abstract

Objective

This study aimed to investigate the factor structure of the Coimbra Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (BANC), which is an individually administered battery designed to assess a wide range of neurocognitive functions in children.

Method

Using the standardization sample of the BANC, a confirmatory factor analysis and a multiple-group analysis were conducted to examine the factor structure and the measurement invariance of three main domains (Memory, Language, and Attention/Executive Functions) in 833 children aged 7–15 years.

Results

Consistent with the BANC's conceptualization, the three-correlated-factor model demonstrated the most adequate fit to the data. The measurement invariance of the three-correlated-factor model across two age-groups (7–9 years and 10–15 years) was supported (configural, metric, and partial scalar invariance).

Conclusion

Overall, the BANC shows adequate psychometric properties and provides useful information regarding the children's neuropsychological functioning.

Keywords: Coimbra Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (BANC); Neuropsychological assessment; Confirmatory factor analysis; Measurement invariance

Journal Article.  9148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience ; Neuropsychology

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