NSHD – Age 53 – Prospective Memory

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The MRC National Survey of Health of Development (NSHD) assessed their cohort members (CMs) during the study’s age 53 sweep using the Prospective Memory measure.

Details on this measure and the data collected from the CMs are outlined in the table below.

DomainVerbal memory
Measures:Prospective memory
Administration method:Research nurse; face to face; pen and paper; read aloud
Procedure:Respondents were told that that, later in the interview, they would be given an envelope and asked to write a name and address on it, at which point they should remember to turn it over, seal it, and write their initials on it. After the animal naming task, the interviewer handed the participant an envelope and asked them to write down the name John Brown, 42 West Street, Bedford.
Link to questionnaire:https://skylark.ucl.ac.uk/NSHD/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=questionnaires:1999-capi.pdf (opens in new tab)
Scoring:A 3-point ordinal variable was constructed as follows:
  • Both actions completed correctly, without prompting (score of 3)
  • Only one action completed, without prompting (score of 2)
  • No actions completed, without prompting (score of 1)
  • Item-level variable(s):None
    Total score/derived variable(s):Remem
    Both actions completed correctly, without prompting (N = 2,431)
    One action completed, without prompting (N = 310)
    No action completed, without prompting (N = 184)
    Age of participants (months):Mean = 641.47, SD = 2.09, Range = 636 - 650
    Other sweep and/or cohort:None
    Source:Developed specifically for the study
    Technical resources:None
    Reference examples:None found

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    This page is part of CLOSER’s ‘A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies’.