Self-Report of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder in AdolescentsDanckaerts M. · Heptinstall E. · Chadwick O. · Taylor E.
M.R.C.’s Child Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
The validity of self-report measurement varies widely according to the type of behaviour investigated. For behaviour of overactivity and inattention, adolescents seem to underestimate their problems. Well validated instruments for self-report of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are lacking yet, and research on ADHD beyond childhood relies quite heavily on self-report. In this study, an attempt is made to validate an adolescent interview scale for DSM-based ADHD symptoms. Results show that the measure has a high inter-rater reliability and is a good predictor of general outcome. However, adolescents do not validly report on symptoms specifically of ADHD. Possible implications for research and clinical practice are formulated.
Marina Danckaerts, Department of Child & Adolescent
Psychiatry, University Hospital Gasthuisberg
Herestraat 49, B–3000 Leuven (Belgium)
Tel. +32 16 343820, Fax +32 16 343830
Number of Print Pages : 12
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 48
Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive Psychopathology Phenomenology and Clinical Diagnositcs)
Founded 1897 as ‘Monatsschrift für Psychiatrie und Neurologie’
Vol. 32, No. 2, Year 1999 (Cover Date: March-April 1999)
Journal Editor: P. Berner, Vienna/Paris; E. Gabriel, Vienna
ISSN: 0254–4962 (print), 1423–033X (Online)
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