A new approach for assessing executive functions in everyday life, among adolescents with Genetic Generalised Epilepsies

Sharon Zlotnik, Aharon Schiff, Sarit Ravid, Eli Shahar, Joan Toglia

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Studies have characterised relationships between cognitive status and a variety of clinical epilepsy factors. The aim of this study was to describe a new approach for assessing executive functions in everyday life and its unique expression in adolescents with Genetic Generalised Epilepsies (GGEs) compared with typical peers. Twenty adolescents with a diagnosis of GGEs and 20 typical healthy peers, matched by age and gender, were studied. Assessment of everyday executive function was carried out using: (1) the Weekly Calendar Planning Activity (WCPA), a direct performance based and outcome measure of strategy use and cognitive performance; and (2) Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) parental report. Adolescents with GGEs demonstrated significantly less accuracy, less efficiency and fewer strategies used, as measured by the WCPA. Parents of adolescents with GGEs rated their child’s daily performance as less efficient compared with typical peers. Better ratings of executive function (low BRIEF score) were associated with greater WCPA accuracy in the entered appointments. The WCPA provides a useful evaluation of cognitive performance for adolescents with GGEs and a functionally relevant information on task efficiency, self-monitoring and effective strategy use. Direct observation of performance supplements parental ratings and has strong potential to guide intervention and measure outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-345
Number of pages13
JournalNeuropsychological Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2020

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  • Adolescents
  • Genetic Generalised Epilepsies (GGEs)
  • Weekly Calendar Planning Activity (WCPA)
  • executive functions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology


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