Poster Abstracts

Abstract

Rapport, the interpersonal interaction between the examiner and examinee, is an important factor in neuropsychological evaluations. No extant research has investigated whether older adult examinees’ level of neurocognitive functioning affects examiner-examinee rapport. In this study, young adult examiners (n = 25) administered neuropsychological tests, including the MMSE-2, to older adult patients (n = 70) aged 60–90 (M = 73.32, SD = 7.17; 55.7% female). Both the young adult examiners and the older adult examinees rated the quality of their interpersonal reaction with the Barnett Rapport Questionnaire – 2, a measure of rapport in the context of neuropsychological assessment. Neurocognitive functioning as measured by the MMSE-2 was not associated with older adult examinees’ ratings of rapport; however, lower neurocognitive functioning was associated with lower ratings of rapport by young adult examiners. Young adult examiners may find it more difficult to establish an interpersonal connection with older adults who have lower neurocognitive functioning.

First AuthorYenifer L Morales Mejia
Second AuthorSarah E Gerrels
Third AuthorAnnika I Wurm
Fourth AuthorEman H Nabulsi
Fifth AuthorCarmen Jia-Wen Chek
Sixth AuthorEmma A Barr
Seventh AuthorDanielle R Hardesty
Eighth AuthorLogan A Guillory
Ninth AuthorMichael D Barnett