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Aebi, M; Winkler Metzke, C; Steinhausen, H C (2009). Accuracy of the DSM-Oriented Attention Problem Scale scale of the child behavior checklist in diagnosing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Attention Disorders:Epub ahead of print.

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Objective: The present study aimed at testing the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) including an adapted five-item DSM Oriented Attention Problem Scale for predicting attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). Methods: CBCL ratings were made both in a community sample (N = 390) and an outpatient child psychiatric sample (N = 392). Four different prediction models were analyzed in a community subsample (n = 195) and an outpatient subsample (n = 196) and crossvalidated in two further subsamples of the same size. Results: The adapted DSM Oriented Attention Problem Scale was superior to the original Attention Problem Scale in the identification of ADHD participants. A raw score of 5 to 6 on the reduced DSM Oriented Attention Problem Scale was the best discriminator between cases and noncases. Conclusions: The adapted DSM Oriented Attention Problem Scale of the CBCL is a useful screening instrument for ADHD with adequate diagnostic accuracy in community and outpatient samples.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:16 April 2009
Deposited On:08 Feb 2010 09:58
Last Modified:28 Nov 2013 01:29
Publisher:Sage Publications
Publisher DOI:10.1177/1087054708325739
PubMed ID:19372495

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