ERIC Number: ED396206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Relationship of the CPT and Parent-Teacher Report Measures of Attention Deficit Disorder.
Raggio, Donald; And Others
The best procedure for the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) remains fragmented. The diagnosis is frequently based on anecdotal information and rating scales completed by parents and teachers. A major drawback to a more objective diagnosis has been the absence of standardized test data generated by the child client. The most promising objective test appears to be a modification of the Continuous Performance Test (CPT). Advocates of the continuous performance type test claim the ability to differentiate ADHD children from non-ADHD children. This study of high-risk children ages 5 years 1 month to 7 years 8 months (n=54) examined the relationship between the omission and commission scores of the CPT and scores from two commonly used parent-teacher report measures. The individual subtest scores from the Conners Parent Rating Scale (CPRS) and the ADD-H Comprehensive Teacher's Rating Scale (ACTeRS) were factored with the omission and commission error scores from the CPT. The impulsive/hyperactivity scale (CPRS), the hyperactivity index (CPRS), the attention scale (ACTeRS), and the hyperactivity scale (ACTeRS) are often used to diagnose ADHD, therefore the construct validity of the CPT could be assessed by the resulting factor structure. Overall, the CPT appears promising as an objective measure of attention and impulsivity in children; however, why it is more closely associated with the parent ratings than teacher ratings needs further study. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mississippi Univ., Jackson. Medical Center.
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