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ERIC Number: ED308688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Pages: 3
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Discriminate Validity of Neurocognitive Measures in Diagnosing Children with Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity.
Semrud-Clikeman, Margaret; Lorys-Vernon, Alison
The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children--Revised (WISC-R) Freedom from Distractibility (FFD) factor and other neurocognitive measures were examined as to their discriminative validity in diagnosing children with Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity (ADD/H), ADD/H children with concurrent Conduct Disorder, and children comprising a clinic control population. While the Verbal-Comprehension and Perceptual-Organizational factors significantly distinguished between clinic groups, the FFD factor did not. A predictive discriminate analysis revealed very low hit rates using the WISC-R factors, but, using a battery of selected neurocognitive measures of attention, memory, self-regulation, and speed of cognitive processing, good group discrimination was achieved. These results argue against using the WISC-R FFD factor in differential diagnosis of neuropsychiatric disorders and suggests that other combinations of neuropsychological measures provide better indices for distinguishing clinic groups of ADD/H children. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children