This study examined the sensitivity of two instruments used in assessing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with deaf individuals. Forty deaf college students, 20 with a diagnosis of ADHD and 20 controls, completed the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function – Adult Version (BRIEF-A) and the Connors’ Adult ADHD Rating Scale (CAARS). An analysis of variance (ANOVA), multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVA), and sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value analyses found that both the BRIEF-A and CAARS were adequate behavior rating scales for measuring ADHD symptoms in a deaf population. Results also revealed that the BRIEF-A was a more specific measure whereas the CAARS was a more sensitive measure.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder--Diagnosis; Attention-deficit disordered adults--Testing; Neuropsychological tests--Evaluation; Deaf college students--Testing
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Lukomski, Jennifer - Chair
Mowell, Rebecca, "Assessing deaf college students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Behavior rating inventory of executive function – adult version versus CAARS" (2007). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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