Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2011 Edition
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Delis–Kaplan Executive Functioning System

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1539

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The Delis–Kaplan Executive Function system (D-KEFS) is the first battery of tests designed exclusively for the assessment of executive functions in children and adults that has been normed on a large national sample representative of the demographic characteristics of the U.S. population (Delis, Kaplan, & Kramer, 2001a). Key objectives in the development of D-KEFS measures were to provide psychologists a comprehensive tool for assessing a wide array of executive functions, including cognitive flexibility, problem-solving, conceptual reasoning, inhibition, multitasking, and nonverbal and verbal creativity.

The D-KEFS can be distinguished from most other executive-function tests by its embrace of the “cognitive process approach” in which multiple measures are generated to isolate the mechanism of a patient’s poor score on a particular task (Delis, Kramer, Kaplan, & Ober, 2000; Kaplan, Fein, Kramer, Delis, & Morris, 1999). With the exception of the Wisconsin...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, San Diego School of MedicineSan Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare SystemLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSan Diego School of Medicine, San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare SystemLa JollaUSA