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Assessment. 1999 Sep;6(3):269-84.

Assessing frontal lobe behavioral syndromes with the frontal lobe personality scale.

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Brown University School of Medicine, Rhode Island, USA.


Reliability and construct validity are reported for the Frontal Lobe Personality Scale (FLOPS), a brief neurobehavior rating scale. The FLOPS Family form was completed by family members of 24 frontal lobe brain-damaged patients, 15 non-frontal lobe brain- damaged patients, and 48 healthy controls. Intrascale reliability was demonstrated (internal consistency.96; split half.93). Validity studies of frontal lobe patients post-lesion compared to their pre-lesion status, to healthy controls, and of frontal lobe patients pre- and post-lesion compared to non-frontal lobe patients pre- and post-lesion, indicated that frontal lobe patients post-lesion showed significantly more frontal behavior than (a) pre-lesion frontal lobe patients, (b) healthy controls, and (c) post-lesion non-frontal lobe patients. The FLOPS appears to be useful for quantifying frontal lobe behavior in clinical and research settings.

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