This study examined the accuracy of three parent rating scales in identifying Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children who had been diagnosed previously with this disorder. If the assumption is made that all previous diagnoses were accurate, then all diagnoses on all scales should be positive. The rating scales selected were The Attention Deficit Disorders Evaluation Scales Second Edition - Home Version (ADDES) (1995), Conners' Abbreviated Symptom Questionnaire, Parent Version (ASQ-P) (1990), and the Revised Home Situations Questionnaire (HSQ-R) (1990). Subjects consisted of parents of fifty elementary age children. Results indicated that none of the three scales correctly indicated 100% of the previously identified ADHD students. Accuracy rates ranged from 39% to 74%. Implications for ADHD identification within the schools were considered.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder--Diagnosis; Attention-deficit disordered children--Testing
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Lesiak, Nicole, "Is one parent rating scale enough: A Comparison of three ADHD parent rating scales" (1996). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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