The behavioural assessment of the dysexecutive syndrome as a tool to assess executive functions in schizophrenia

Lydia Krabbendam*, Marjolein E. de Vught, Mayke M.A. Derix, Jelle Jolles

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    Recent research into the cognitive dysfunctions in schizophrenia has focused on executive deficits. This study investigates performance of patients with schizophrenia on the recently developed Behavourial Assessment of the Dysexecutive Syndrome (BADS). Matched groups of 24 patients with schizophrenia and 17 healthy volunteers were administered the BADS, the Modified Card Sorting Test (MCST), the Tower of London (TOL), a test of general intelligence, and measures of daily functioning. Performance of the schizophrenic group was significantly below that of the control group on the BADS and the MCST, but not on the TOL. The BADS correlated weakly with the MCST. Both tests showed a modest correlation with daily functioning. The BADS appears to offer a useful contribution to the assessment of executive deficits in schizophrenia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)370-375
    Number of pages6
    JournalNeuropsychology, Development and Cognition. Section D: The Clinical Neuropsychologist
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

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