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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1978 Jun;166(6):408-16.

Using neuropsychological and personality tests to assess the likelihood of patient employment.


This study assessed the ability deficits and personality disturbances associated with three levels of employment in patients referred for neuropsychological testing. Highly significant group differences were found, with the unemployed group consistently showing greatest pathology on the tests, the full time employed group performing relatively normally, and the part time employed group earning intermediate scores. A discriminant function which used both neuropsychological and personality measures was found to discriminate unemployed from full time employed patients satisfactorily. Classification rates achieved by the function for validation and cross-validation samples support its clinical utility in identifying new patients who are at high risk for unemployment. It appears that psychological tests commonly used in neurological and psychiatric diagnosis can also help predict some aspects of patients' abilities to function in everyday life.

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