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Macallister, William S; Nakhutina, Luba; Bender, Heidi A; Karantzoulis, Stella; Carlson, Chad
"Assessing Effort During Neuropsychological Evaluation with the TOMM in Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy"
Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal & abnormal development in childhood & adolescence 2009 Nov; 15(6):521-531
Effort assessment is of particular importance in pediatric epilepsy where neuropsychological findings may influence treatment decisions, especially if surgical interventions are being considered. The present investigation examines the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) in 60 children and adolescents with epilepsy. The overall pass rate for the sample was 90%. TOMM scores were unrelated to age, though there was a significant correlation between TOMM Trial 2 scores and intelligence estimates. Overall, the TOMM appears to be a valid measure of effort in young epilepsy patients, though caution should be used when interpreting scores for those with very low IQ, especially if behavioral problems are also evident. Caution should also be exercised in interpreting scores in children with ongoing interictal epileptiform activity that may disrupt attention

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