Validity of pilot adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) to rate adult ADHD symptoms

Lenard A. Adler, Thomas Spencer, Stephen V. Faraone, Ronald C. Kessler, Mary J. Howes, Joseph Biederman, Kristina Secnik

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Background. The goal of this study was to validate the pilot Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (pilot ASRS) versus standard clinician ratings on the ADHD Rating Scale (ADHD RS). Method. Sixty adult ADHD patients took the self-administered ADHD RS and then raters administered the standard ADHD RS. Internal consistency of symptom scores was assessed by Cronbach's alpha. Agreement of raters was established by intra-class correlation coefficients (ICCs) between scales. Results. Internal consistency was high for both patient and rater-administered versions (Cronbach's alpha 0.88, 0.89, respectively). The ICC between scales for total scores was also high (0.84); ICCs for subset symptom scores were also high (both 0.83). There was acceptable agreement for individual items (% agreement: 43%-72%) and significant kappa coefficients for all items (p < 0.001). Conclusions. The pilot Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale symptom checklist is a reliable and valid scale for evaluating ADHD for adults and shows a high internal consistency and high concurrent validity with the rater-administered ADHD RS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult Development
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Diagnosis and Classification
  • Epidemiology
  • Research Design and Methods


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