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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Garcia, Mark Joseph
Author's Email Address mgarci5@lsu.edu
URN etd-07112006-085946
Title Psychometric Validity for the Matson Evaluation of Drug Side Effects and the Akathisia Rating of Movement Scale
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Johnny L. Matson Committee Chair
Amy Copeland Committee Member
Emily Elliott Committee Member
Frank M. Gresham Committee Member
Wm. Drew Gouvier Committee Member
Vince J. LiCata Dean's Representative
  • meds
  • intellectual disabilities
  • arms
  • side effects
  • akathisia
  • adults
Date of Defense 2006-06-14
Availability unrestricted
Akathisia is a movement disorder characterized by a sense of restlessness and increased motor activity. Movement disorders are primarily an iatrogenic result of mediation use. In the case of akathisia, this syndrome is easily misdiagnosed as a psychiatric disorder. As a result, there is a need to development greater awareness and encourage research on akathisia and the movement disorder field at large. Accordingly, the APA has included research criteria for the movement disorder syndromes in the Criteria Sets and Axes Provided for Further Study of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual since the fourth revision. The purpose of this project was to investigate the validity of two best researched and most commonly used akathisia scales for assessing individuals with intellectual disability. Participants were selected for one of three groups, a control group or one of two quasi-experimental groups. Analyses of mean differences and correlations were completed to detect the differences between groups scores earned on the two scales. Results from this study are interpreted as support for the use of these scales as a valid means to assess and monitor akathisia in a population of individuals with intellectual disability.
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