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ADHD Rating Scale--IV (for Children and Adolescents): Checklists, Norms, and Clinical Interpretation Spiral-bound – October 15, 1998

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"At Massachusetts General Hospital, we have found the ADHD Rating Scale to be extremely helpful in assessing ADHD and monitoring treatment. The scale has several advantages, including close correspondence to diagnostic criteria and relative freedom from contamination by symptoms of other disorders. DuPaul and his colleagues are to be commended for their rigorous efforts at establishing the psychometric properties of the scale and establishing standardized norms by gender and age for both parent and teacher versions." --Thomas Spencer, MD, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

"Psychologists working with children with ADHD need reliable and valid assessment tools to develop the best intervention programs. The ADHD Rating Scale- IV promises to provide the quality psychometric properties that will lead not only to correct diagnosis, but also to options for treatment in community and school settings. I strongly recommend this timely and important scale." --Thomas R. Kratochwill, PhD, Professor, School Psychology Program, Director, Educational & Psychological Training Center, University of Wisconson-Madison

"DuPaul and colleagues have compiled an impressive array of data on the utility of the ADHD Rating Scale-IV. Their systematic inclusion of predictive validity statistics (sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive power, negative predictive power) for the Scale is quite helpful for investigators and clinicians. The clear definitions of these terms, and their applicability to clinical decision making, are highlights of the work. Most impressive are the relatively high negative predictive power figures for the Scales, meaning that clinicians may be able to effectively rule out ADHD in certain settings --an important clinical goal." --Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, Professor of Psychology; Director, Clinical Psychology Training Program, University of California, Berkeley


"Has high utility for multiple applications due to its quick completion, easy scoring, and sensitivity to treatment."
(Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 1998-10-17)

"Has several characteristics that make it useful for practitioners....The brevity of the scale allows for easy administration and scoring....Demonstrates potential for repeated administration in the monitoring of treatment effects....The manual...provides a wealth of information concerning the psychometric properties of the instrument, and these data are well organized and accessible....The ADHD Rating Scale–IV can appropriately be included as a component in the screening and multimethod phases of a school-based approach to comprehensive assessment of ADHD."
(School Psychology Review 1998-10-17)

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NOTE ABOUT PHOTOCOPY RIGHTS: The Publisher grants individual book purchasers nonassignable permission to reproduce the rating scale in this book for clinical use with their clients. For details and limitations, see copyright page.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 80 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572304235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572304239
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Britton Miles on March 17, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
Description: The ADHD IV Manual enables one to discover if a school-aged child or teen has ADHD. The manual includes parent and teacher rating forms for ADHD, and norms for boys and girls at different ages.

Background: ADHD is usually diagnosed using the standard for psychiatric diagnoses, the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Forth Edition" (DSM-IV). These criteria are based on and revised to reflect the most recent research. By norming the DSM-IV criteria for ADHD, Professor DuPaul made the diagnosis of ADHD far easier and more reliable.

Expert Recommendation: I first bought the ADHD-IV manual when a well-known investigator on the treatment of ADHD, Russ Barkley of Harvard University, recommended the ADHD-IV checklist at the Sandestin, Florida ADHD conference in 2000.

This test costs less: Dr. DuPaul's test protocol cannot be copyrighted because he used the DSM-IV criteria as the text of this test. So, there's no additional expense for using the test beyond the purchase price of the manual. One doesn't have to pay more for extra test protocols. The SNAP and the Connors Rating Scales are good tests of ADHD, but they add a cost for protocols. The Connors Rating Scales starter kit cost from five to ten times the price of the ADHD-IV manual and requires that one pay approximately $2 for each additional form.

Drawback- the ADHD-IV has no medication scale.

Importance of medication: In the late 1990s, the Multimodal Treatment studies compared the effectiveness of every known promising treatment for ADHD, pooling subjects from many medical schools across the US. The Multimodal studies found that titrating stimulant medication was, by far, the most effective treatment for ADHD.
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A very useful book for pediatricians and other health care professionals taking care of children. If you buy the book, you can use the forms in your practice.
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