Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Delis-Kaplan Executive Functioning System

  • Eric M. FineEmail author
  • Dean C. Delis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1539

Synonyms

D-KEFS

Description

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 US population (Delis et al. 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 et al. 2000; Kaplan et al. 1999). With the exception of the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (Heaton et al. 1993), the majority of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of California-San DiegoLa JollaUSA