Study of the Mini-Mental State Examinations: Checking Validity, Relationships to Demographical Variables and Alcohol-Related Variables

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2014

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department


Degree Name

Master of Arts (AM/MA)

Degree Type



The Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used assessment instrument to test cognitive mental status. Factor analysis is applied to study the interrelationship in the MMSE questions. A five-factor analysis is generated and matches with Folstein’s design of the Mini-Mental State Examination. Five factors are Calculation, Orientation, Memory, Attention and Language. All five factors have a statistically significant relationship with age. Some education levels and occupation categories show a significant relationship with to each factor as well. However, no obvious alcohol-related variables exhibited significance in this study.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Edward Spitznagel


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