The purpose of this study was to evaluate executive function in bipolar disorder, as measured by the D-KEFS. It also examined the relationship between D-KEFS scores and age, education, IQ, psychiatric symptoms, and legal history to create a D-KEFS profile of scores in bipolar disorder. The data utilized in this study was archival (n = 38) and consisted of individuals diagnosed with a bipolar spectrum disorder in a private practice setting. Each individual was administered subtests from the D-KEFS, as well as an assortment of instruments such as WAIS-III and the MMPI-2. The archival data covered characteristics of IQ, age, education, substance abuse, psychiatric symptoms, and legal history. After an analysis of the data, the author concluded that there were significant correlations between the D-KEFS and intelligence scores, as well as mild correlations with some of the psychiatric symptom scores. There were also group differences in intelligence as well as legal history. Unexpectedly, the data revealed a lack of deficit in executive functioning in the bipolar sample. This study contributes to the body of literature seeking to ascertain a comprehensive understanding of executive functioning in bipolar disorder.
|Advisor:||Ermshar, Annette L.|
|Commitee:||Boone, Kyle B., Miora, Deborah S.|
|School:||Alliant International University|
|Department:||Los Angeles, CSFS|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 72/07, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Experimental psychology|
|Keywords:||Bipolar disorder, D-kefs, Executive functions, Subtests|
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