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The AMQ: a four-factor inventory of absentmindedness and memory
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 50, no 3, 193-202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Absentmindedness and Memory Questionnaire (AMQ) is a new self-rating scale designed to evaluate everyday memory problems related to absentmindedness. It includes 24 items and is based on studies of different samples (N= 623). Its test-retest reliability is high and it has consistently shown similar factor structure. The AMQ thus measures four weakly correlated factors: Absentmindedness, Persons, Locations and Codes/Addresses. Factor analysis further indicates that Absentmindedness may include two subfactors: momentary attention deficit and prospective forgetfulness or impaired agenda memory. Gender differences were found in Persons (Female+) and Locations (Male+) but not in Absentmindedness or Codes/Addresses. The current version of AMQ has seven interindividually comparable response alternatives for each item in the questionnaire. This makes it useful as a measure of subjective absentmindedness or forgetfulness as well as a complementary measure of subjective memory for persons, locations, and codes/addresses/stories, especially at follow-up examinations.

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2009. Vol. 50, no 3, 193-202 p.
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Neuroscience; Psychology; Geriatrics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-119978DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2008.00707.xISI: 000266031800001PubMedID: 19222815OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-119978DiVA: diva2:302052
Available from: 2010-03-04 Created: 2010-03-04 Last updated: 2010-10-12Bibliographically approved

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