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Brief Report  |   May 2003
Adolescent Performance on the Allen Cognitive Levels Screen
Author Affiliations
  • Sloane Nguyen Lee, MS, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Access Therapy, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of the study, she was Graduate Student, Occupational Therapy Program, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia. Mailing address: 656 Elmwood Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30306; nguyensloan@hotmail.com
  • Audrey Gargiullo, MS, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia. At the time of the study, she was Graduate Student, Occupational Therapy Program, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Sara Brayman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, if Faculty Graduate Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Department, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Jodi Coppage Kinsey, MS, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, South Georgia Rehabilitation Services, Valdosta, Georgia. At the time of the study, she was Graduate Student, Occupational Therapy Program, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Hope Carroll Jones, MS, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Restore Rehabilitation, Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of the study, she was Graduate Student, Occupational Therapy Program, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
  • Mary Shotwell, MS, OTR/L, is Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
Article Information
Mental Health / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Departments / Brief Report
Brief Report   |   May 2003
Adolescent Performance on the Allen Cognitive Levels Screen
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2003, Vol. 57, 342-346. doi:10.5014/ajot.57.3.342
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2003, Vol. 57, 342-346. doi:10.5014/ajot.57.3.342
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to provide information regarding the validity of using the Allen Cognitive Levels Screen (ACL-90 version) by comparing functional cognitive performance between adolescents living in the community and adolescents residing in mental health facilities.

METHOD. Sixty-three adolescents were assessed using the ACL-90: 32 adolescents living in the community, and 28 adolescents residing in residential mental health facilities.

RESULTS. Using a one-tailed t test, performance scores for adolescents residing in the community were statistically higher than those for adolescents living in residential mental health facilities (t (34) = 4.3, p < .001).

CONCLUSION. This study suggests the validity of the ACL-90 as an assessment to use for screening the cognitive functional performance of adolescents.