Psychometrics of Neurological Soft Signs

Daniel S. Pine, Michelle R. Scott, Carey Busner, Mark Davies, Jane A. Fried, Michael Parides, David Shaffer

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Objective: To examine the psychometrics of neurological soft signs in young children. Method: In a sample of 42 children from the community, two examiners simultaneously rated soft signs using a standardized examination. A subsample (n = 33) was reexamined twice over the next week to estimate test-retest reliability. Results: Total score exhibited acceptable internal consistency as well as interrater and test-retest reliability. Psychometrics for individual items appeared less satisfactory than for the total score. Discussion: Although examiners can reliably rate a variety of soft signs, more research examining test-retest reliability is needed. A reliable examination might be useful in future efforts to document the neuropsychiatric correlates of soft signs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-515
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Psychometrics
  • Soft signs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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