Normative Study of the Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (FAVRES) Test in the French-Canadian Population Purpose The Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (FAVRES; MacDonald, 2005) test was designed for use by speech-language pathologists to assess verbal reasoning, complex comprehension, discourse, and executive skills during performance on a set of challenging and ecologically valid functional tasks. A recent French version of this test ... Research Article
Research Article  |   August 16, 2017
Normative Study of the Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (FAVRES) Test in the French-Canadian Population
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Karine Marcotte
    Centre de Recherche de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, Québec, Canada
    École d'Orthophonie et d'Audiologie, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Marie-Pier McSween
    Centre de Recherche de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Monica Pouliot
    Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Sarah Martineau
    Centre de Recherche de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Anne-Marie Pauzé
    Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Catherine Wiseman-Hakes
    Cognitive Neurorehabilitation Sciences Laboratory, Toronto Rehab Institute, Ontario, Canada
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Sheila MacDonald
    Sheila MacDonald and Associates, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Karine Marcotte: karine.marcotte@umontreal.ca
  • Editor: Sean Redmond
    Editor: Sean Redmond×
  • Associate Editor: Carl Coelho
    Associate Editor: Carl Coelho×
Article Information
Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Language Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Language / Research Articles
Research Article   |   August 16, 2017
Normative Study of the Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (FAVRES) Test in the French-Canadian Population
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 2017, Vol. 60, 2217-2227. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-17-0012
History: Received January 10, 2017 , Revised March 9, 2017 , Accepted March 17, 2017
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 2017, Vol. 60, 2217-2227. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-17-0012
History: Received January 10, 2017; Revised March 9, 2017; Accepted March 17, 2017

Purpose The Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (FAVRES; MacDonald, 2005) test was designed for use by speech-language pathologists to assess verbal reasoning, complex comprehension, discourse, and executive skills during performance on a set of challenging and ecologically valid functional tasks. A recent French version of this test was translated from English; however, it had not undergone standardization. The development of normative data that are linguistically and culturally sensitive to the target population is of importance. The present study aimed to establish normative data for the French version of the FAVRES, a commonly used test with native French–speaking patients with traumatic brain injury in Québec, Canada.

Method The normative sample consisted of 181 healthy French-speaking adults from various regions across the province of Québec. Age and years of education were factored into the normative model.

Results Results indicate that age was significantly associated with performance on time, accuracy, reasoning subskills, and rationale criteria, whereas the level of education was significantly associated with accuracy and rationale.

Conclusion Overall, mean scores on each criterion were relatively lower than in the original English version, which reinforces the importance of using the present normative data when interpreting performance of French speakers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Acknowledgments
This research was supported by a starting grant from the Research Center of Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal (awarded to Katrine Marcotte).
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