Journal article

A short form of the National Adult Reading Test for use in epidemiological surveys

Andrew Mackinnon, Mark Wooden

PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

This study developed a short form of the National Adult Reading Test - an inventory that estimates intellectual ability - to produce an instrument suitable for lay administration in population surveys. Data were provided by 816 participants in the dress rehearsal for wave 12 of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey. Participants were administered the 50-item National Adult Reading Test (NART) in a brief battery of cognitive assessments. Three methods of short form construction were applied to responses and the measurement properties of the resultant short forms were compared. Use of Item Response Theory (IRT) threshold and slope parameters to choose efficient items wi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This paper uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Survey Project was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views reported in this paper, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to either DSS or the Melbourne Institute.