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Keywords:

  • cognitive function;
  • Japanese version;
  • Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia Consensus Cognitive Battery;
  • psychometrics;
  • schizophrenia

Aim

This preliminary study was performed to test the reliability and validity of the Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (MATRICS) Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB), developed by the National Institute of Mental Health MATRICS initiative, as an assessment tool in a Japanese-language version (MCCB-J).

Methods

The subjects for the present study were 37 patients with schizophrenia. Each subject gave written informed consent to participate in the research. In order to examine the validity of the MCCB-J, the correlation between the MCCB-J and the Japanese-language version of the Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia (BACS) was determined.

Results

Cronbach's alpha for the MCCB-J was 0.72. The MCCB-J composite score was significantly correlated with all subtests of the MCCB-J. There was a significant correlation between the MCCB-J and the BACS composite score.

Conclusion

This preliminary study indicates that the MCCB-J has good psychometric properties and validity.