Pediatric neuropsychological evaluations are often used to help with diagnostic clarification, aid with treatment planning, and propose recommendations. Yet, little is known about the effects that a neuropsychological evaluation may have on psychosocial outcome and functioning. The present study sought to replicate customer satisfaction results and recommendation adherence results from previous studies while including a longitudinal measure of psychosocial functioning to determine change over time in a pre-test post-test design. Parents of children who underwent a neuropsychological evaluation between May 2016 and December 2020 were invited to complete a survey including the consumer satisfaction questionnaire and treatment adherence questions. They were then sent the Behavioral Assessment System for Children â€“ 3rd Edition (BASC-3). Parents provided consent for access to their children's medical records to extract baseline BASC-3 scores as well as other demographic information. Results indicated that parents were very satisfied with the neuropsychological evaluation. Recommendation adherence ranges from an average of 48% for school counseling and 89% for autism therapies. Changes in psychosocial functioning were only detected on the internalizing index of the BASC from baseline to follow-up, t=2.63, p=0.01. A significant correlation was found between time since evaluation and change in the adaptive functioning index of the BASC-3, Pearson r=-0.36, p=0.002.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Eschler, Benjamin D., "Predictors of Psychosocial Functioning Following Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 8994.
neuropsychological, evaluation, pediatric, psychosocial functioning