Volume 13, Issue 3 (1984)
The Diagnostic Accuracy of the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery-Children's Revision for 9 to 12 Year Old Learning Disabled Children
David C. Geary, Stephan M. Jennings, Denise D. Shultz, Ted G. Alper
ABSTRACT: The present study was designed to assess the diagnostic accuracy and discriminant validity of the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery-Children’s Revision (LNNB-CR), comparing learning disabled and academically normal children. Two groups (learning disabled and normal) of fifteen children were administered the LNNB-CR and the WISC-R. Neuropsychological profiles were rated as normal, borderline, or abnormal. Abnormal or borderline profiles were considered indicative of a learning disability. These procedures proved to be 93.3 (p< .05) percent accurate in discriminating between groups. A priori F tests revealed that the Expressive Language (p< .01), Reading (p< .05) and Writing (p< .0001) subscales also discriminated between groups. The LNNB-CR may be an effective instrument in the diagnosis of learning disabilities. However, these results must first be verified with studies using larger samples. Implications for future research are discussed.
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