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The Boston Qualitative Scoring System (BQSS) was used as a method to examine executive skills on the Rey-Osterrieth complex figure (ROCF). Young adult survivors of childhood brain tumor (N = 31) and a demographically-matched comparison group (N = 33) completed the ROCF copy version and Grooved Pegboard, and informants were administered the Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised (SIB-R) and Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF). Survivors had significantly lower BQSS planning and SIB-R community living skills and greater perseveration. Mediation analyses found that BQSS planning skills mediate the relationship between group and community living skills. Convergent findings of the BRIEF Planning, and discriminant findings with the BQSS Fragmentation, BRIEF Emotional Control, and Grooved Pegboard support the planning construct as the specific mediator in this model. Together, these findings highlight the role of planning skills in adaptive functions of young adult survivors of childhood brain tumor.


This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology following peer review. The version of record,

Tricia Z. King, Kristen M. Smith, and Mirjana Ivanisevic. The Mediating Role of Visuospatial Planning Skills on Adaptive Function Among Young–Adult Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumor. Arch Clin Neuropsychol first published online June 7, 2015

is available online at: doi:10.1093/arclin/acv033

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