Utility of the ImPACT test with deaf adolescents.

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26934004
Author: 
Schatz P
Author List: 
Reesman J
Pineda J
Carver J
Brice PJ
Zabel TA
Schatz P
Journal: 
Clin Neuropsychol
PubMed ID: 
26934004
Pagination: 
318-27
Volume: 
30
Issue: 
2
Abstract: 
The goals of the study included empirical examination of the utility of the Immediate and Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test with adolescents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and to investigate patterns of performance at baseline that may arise in the assessment of this population. Baseline assessment of student-athletes has been conducted on a widespread scale with focus on performance of typically developing student-athletes and some clinical groups, though to date no studies have examined adolescents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.Retrospective and de-identified ImPACT baseline test used with deaf and hard-of-hearing high-school student-athletes (N = 143; 66% male, mean age = 16.11) was examined.Review indicated significant differences in some composite scores between the deaf and hard-of-hearing group and hearing normative comparisons. A possible marker of task misunderstanding was identified to occur more frequently within the deaf and hard-of-hearing sample (13% in deaf sample vs. .31% in hearing sample).Results may provide support for the consideration and use of additional measures to ensure comprehension of task demands when considering this tool for use with deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents.
Published Date: 
February, 2016

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